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1. Argentina 0 Croatia 3: Willy Caballero howler sparks humiliation as Ante Rebic, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic strikes leave Albiceleste on verge of Group D exit00:57[−]

SO with Cristiano Ronaldo in pole position for a Golden Boot, Lionel Messi is heading for a kick in the wotsits and the first plane home.

Argentina and their little magician are on the brink of a disappearing act after a calamitous cock-up from Chelsea keeper Willy Caballero sentenced them to a first World Cup group match defeat since David Beckhams penalty did for them in 2002.

Luka Modric celebrates sealing victory over Argentina with Croatia’s stunning second goal
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Caballeros botched clearance gifted Ante Rebic a opener, before Luka Modric curled in a brilliant second and Ivan Rakitic added a third, leaving Argentina with just one point out of six and a poor goal difference too.

Even victory over Nigeria in their final Group D match may not be enough to earn them safe passage into the last 16 now.

Of course, Messi cannot be blamed for Caballaros catastrophe – nor the fact that this is one of the weakest Argentinian squads in living memory.

But while the Messi v Ronaldo debate can often be written off as an irrelevance – theyre both very different kinds of geniuses, so why not just enjoy them both? – the contrast between the two greatest footballers on the planet has been as night and day in Russia.


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Willy Caballero reacts to his howler that allowed Croatia to score
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Lionel Messi could not hide his frustration as Argentina struggled
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Luka Modric roars after helping Croatia qualify for the last-16
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Argentina fans have travelled in huge numbers to Russia but could be heading home earlier than they hoped
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Ronaldo has four goals from two games after his hat-trick against Spain, while Messi – who had a penalty saved in the opening match against Iceland – looked a shadow of his magnificent self again here last night.

Croatia are through after their second victory and will face either Denmark or Australia in round two, giving them a great chance of reaching the quarter-finals.

They were canny in their handling of Messi and clinical in their second-half finishing but this was no classic and there was no getting away from the fact that Argentina are a poor team.

With their men in a hole after the frustration of that Iceland result, Argentinas fans dominated a 41,000 packed house – their national anthem greeted with ear-splitting volume and an uncommon amount of bouncing.

Croatia’s 3-0 triumph meant they qualified for the last-16
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Croatia’s Ante Rebic fires in with superb technique
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Willy Caballero was in goal because of an injury to Sergio Romero
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Ivan Strinic’s catches Lionel Messi with his hand
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Sampaoli had switched systems to go with a back three – fielding six specialist defenders.

Not that any team line-up with Messi in it can ever look particularly negative.

It had been highlighted the little fella ran fewer yards than any other player during the opening game but then hes never exactly the sort of player a coach can batter for not tracking back and putting a shift in.

Compared to his ridiculous scoring rate at Barcelona a total of five goals from four World Cups is very modest.

Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli could not believe the manner in which his side conceded the first goal
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Croatia celebrate going ahead through Ante Rebic
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And, after Willy Caballero had been asked to tip an early Ivan Perisic effort around the post, Messi fluffed his first chance.

Enzo Perez picked him out with a gorgeous lofted through-ball but Messi produced an air-shot.

Marcos Acuna grazed the Croatian crossbar with a cross-shot before a both sides passed up glaring opportunities.

First a mix-up between full-back Sime Vrsaljko and his keeper Danijel Subasic gifted Perez a clear sight of the goal but the Argentine midfielder screwed his shot wide.

Barcelona and Real Madrid stars Leo Messi and Luka Modric battle for the ball
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Luka Modric curls in a magnificent second goal for Croatia
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And at the other end, Mario Mandzukic headed meekly wide at the far post when picked out expertly by a Vrsaljko cross.

Bu half-time this was hardly shaping up as the classic wed hope for – a nervy, error-strewn affair with Messi successfully shackled – defensive midfielder Marcelo Brozovic his jailer-in-chief.

Eight minutes after the restart came Caballeros slapstick moment.

A long upfield punt was headed on by Mandzukic and a back-pass from Gabriel Mercado but the Argentine keeper under a little pressure.

It did not, though, demand that the Chelsea man attempt to impersonate Messi with a dink back towards his right-back – a target who would never be reached, Rebic volleying it back over his head.

The camera panned to Messi and if looks could kill, Caballero would have been blown away in a hail of bullets.

Ivcan Rakitic fired Croatia’s third into an empty net
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Argentina star Lionel Messi knew his side were up against when they went behind at the start of the second half
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Croatia’s players celebrate reaching the knockout stages
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Sampaoli, in his bouncers uniform, looked on the verge of either tears or a violent attack. He immediately hauled off Sergio Aguero – which was a brave call.

Messis scamperings became more urgent. Maximiliano Meza and he forced a double save from Subasic.

But ten minutes from time Modric collected a square pass 25 yards out, teased Nicolas Otamendi and curled a beauty inside the post, going
ballistic with the red-and-white checked hordes behind the goal.

Lionel Messi went close for Argentina after they went 1-0 down
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Mario Mandzukic heads wide a good chance for Croatia in the first half
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A scuffle between players broke out at the end of the game after Nicolas Otamendi appeared to kick the ball at Ivan Rakitic while the Croatian was on the floor
A scuffle between players broke out at the end of the game after Nicolas Otamendi appeared to kick the ball at Ivan Rakitic while the Croatian was on the floor
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There was still time for Messis Barca team-mate Ivan Rakitic to rattle the bar with a long-range free-kick and then tap home a third
in injury-time, further humiliating Argentina and leaving them with an even steeper goal-difference equation to overcome.

As Argentina lost their heads in a series of late flashpoints, Messi cut a forlorn figure.

Hell be 35 when the next World Cup in Qatar comes around.

It looks as if he may never win the biggest prize of all.

Croatia boss Zlatko Dalic celebrates Ivan Rakitic’s third goal
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Marcos Acuna and Willy Caballero realise Argentina are now in big trouble
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2. World Cup 2018: Argentinas defeat to Croatia has left fans angry, warns Pablo Zabaleta, as images of fans spitting emerge00:52[−]

PABLO ZABALETA has warned Argentinas players that our fans are angry after a humiliating 3-0 World Cup defeat to Croatia.

Lionel Messi and team-mates were powerless to resist as Luka Modric inspired his team to glory in the Group B clash.

Pablo Zabaleta has warned Argentina fans are angry after losing to Croatia
Pablo Zabaleta has warned Argentina fans are angry after losing to Croatia
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Images emerged of furious Argentina fans inside the stadium SPITTING in fury – although it wasn’t clear where they were aiming.

Messi was anonymous throughout the game while Sergio Aguero was hooked just after the opening goal after recording the fewest touches on the ball by any player.

And a catastrophic error from Willy Caballero summed up the performance from Jorge Sampaolis men, who are now facing an early exit despite reaching the final four years ago.

Speaking in his role as a pundit on BBC, Zabaleta lamented: Its hard to say [what went wrong] but they were really poor.


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Lionel Messi was anonymous as Croatia cruised to a 3-0 win
Lionel Messi was anonymous as Croatia cruised to a 3-0 win
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They were so predictable, they didnt create anything, they made so many mistakes, they looked so frustrated just kicking people around at the end.

Its really tough for the Argentine people. I cant remember a worse performance from us at a World Cup.

It was not just Caballeros mistake the team were very poor. We havent seen a shot from Messi in the second-half, you never hear this.

He took Aguero off. Why cant Sampaoli play Higuain and Aguero up front together?

Argentina supporters made their feelings clear at the final whistle
Argentina supporters made their feelings clear at the final whistle
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I would be more worried about that if I was a Croatian defender. It was really tough for Argentina.

I feel sorry for Caballero. I spent three years with him at Manchester City. It was a great chance for him at this World Cup after Romero got injured but you cannot make those mistakes.

You can do this for your club because in three days you have another game but at the World Cup you are going home.

Everyone is so angry at home. The Argentine people have been waiting for this group of players. Its this groups last chance.

Some of them have lost three finals in a row and this was their last chance. Its going to be tough for them now, there will be so much criticism.

Zabaleta revealed his worries for the team while working as a BBC pundit
Zabaleta revealed his worries for the team while working as a BBC pundit
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3. Who is Dedrick D Williams, did he know XXXTentacion and when was he arrested over the rappers death?00:47[−]

DEDRICK D Williams was arrested over the murder of rapper XXXTentacion.

XXXTentacion, real name Jahseh Onfroy, was gunned down outside a motorcycle dealership. Here’s what we know about the suspect.

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Dedrick D Williams, 22, was charged with the murder of rapper XXXTentacion[/caption]

Who is Dedrick D Williams?

Dedrick D Williams was taken into custody and is facing a charge of first degree murder over the death of XXXTentacion.

X, 20, was gunned down as he drove away from a motorbike showroom in Deerfield Beach, Florida, on June 18, 2018.

He had visited a bank shortly before the shooting and possibly withdrew cash to buy a motorcycle, investigators say.

Williams, 22, was arrested by cops from Broward County Sheriff’s Dept on Wednesday 20 June.

He was taken into custody and booked on suspicion of first degree murder.

Williams was also charged with a probation violation and for not having a valid driver’s license.

During a vigil on Wednesday night X’s distraught mum had reportedly told family and friends that police just told her they’d made an arrest.

There is no indication that Williams was familiar to XXXTentacion.

Witnesses reported seeing two masked suspects flee the murder scene after the suspected daylight armed robbery on Monday afternoon.

The men fled in a dark SUV after one of them opened fire during a possible robbery attempt, investigators said.

XXXTentacion was gunned down outside a motorbike dealership in Florida on Monday
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What happened to XXXTentacion?

XXXTentacion was shot as he drove away from a motorbike showroom in Deerfield Beach, Florida, on June 18, 2018.

The 20-year-old was rushed to hospital where he was declared dead.

Police confirmed the artist, real name Jahseh Onfroy, was approached by two armed suspects shortly after 4pm.

Broward County Sheriff’s Department said: “Investigators say it appears to be a possible robbery.

“Onfrony was transported to Broward Health North where he was pronounced dead.”

Who was XXXTentacion?

XXXTentacion, 20, who was born and raised in Plantation, Florida, released his debut album in August 2017.

His second album “?” debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 album chart when it was released in March.

The rapper had spent time in jail and was awaiting trial on allegations of domestic violence against his pregnant girlfriend.

Last year he sparked outrage after releasing a video showed him lynching a white child.

In shocking scenes the rapper could be seen leading a black child and white child up to a swinging noose in a blacked out room.

He then slips the noose over the white boy’s head before pulling a rope as the boy is raised into the air.

In June 2017 the rapper was knocked out on stage – reportedly by a rival’s thug pal – sparking a mass brawl.

Tributes poured in after his death from fellow musicians Kanye West, Blink 182’s Travis Barker, hip-hop artist and record producer J. Cole and singer Diplo.

Documentary maker and hip hop fan Louis Theroux said: “Notwithstanding personal demons, he was a huge talent & bringing a beautiful new feel to hip hop. So sad.”

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4. Is XXXTentacion really dead, what are the conspiracy theories about him faking his own death and what are the No Pulse rumours?00:47[−]

RAPPER XXXTentacion was shot and killed in a suspected armed robbery in Deerfield Beech, Florida.

But false rumours have spread on social media claiming the controversial artist’s death was faked despite police identification and extensive investigations.

Rapper XXXTentacion was shot dead as he shopped for motorbikes
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What are the XXXTentacion conspiracy theories?

XXXTentacion, 20, was gunned down as he left a motorcycle dealership on the afternoon of June 18, 2018.

Police are hunting two suspects who they believe fled in a dark SUV car.

According to TMZ, witnesses told cops a Louis Vuitton bag was stolen from the rapper’s car where he was found with “no pulse”.

Police confirmed the rapper, real name Jahseh Onfroy, suffered gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead in Broward Health North hospital.

But conspiracy theorists have presented misleading or false “evidence” to suggest the killing was faked.

One YouTube video titled “XXXTENTACION GOES LIVE ON INSTAGRAM AND CONFIRMS THAT HE IS NOT DEAD” has been viewed more than 1.4million times.

It alleges to show X talking to his fans telling them that reports of his death were fake and that it was staged for a music video.

But the video was originally part of an Instagram Live the rapper filmed some time ago.

It was made after a video of the rapper with a noose around his neck was posted to his Instagram footage that later appeared in the music video for the song Look At Me.

XXXTentacion predicted his own death
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What did XXXTentacion say about his own death?

The rapper predicted his own death in a chilling Instagram video he filmed before he was fatally shot in Florida.

He said: “If worse thing comes to worst, and I f***ing die or some s*** and Im not able to see out my dreams, I at least want to know that the kids perceived my message and were able to make something of themselves and able to take my message and use it and turn it into something positive and to at least have a good life.

“If Im going to die or ever be a sacrifice, I want to make sure that my life made at least five million kids happy or they found some sort of answers or resolve in my life regardless of the negative around my name, regardless of the bad things people say to me.”

What are the No Pulse rumours?

There are also baseless rumours that XXXTentacion is due to release an album titled No Pulse.

Fans say that his death was staged as a publicity stunt and that the album will be called No Pulse after witnesses said he had no pulse when he was found.

They have been circulating the theory without a shred of evidence.

Some have pointed to alleged footage of the scene of his murder and say it looks staged but so far none have backed up their claims.

Also, X appeared to be using the working titled Skins for his upcoming album.

In April he posted a photo of yellow construction tape on his Instagram page with a caption that read skins the album coming soon”. He later took down the pic.

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5. Who is Geneva Ayala, what has XXXTentacions ex-girlfriend said about his death and what are the abuse allegations?00:45[−]

RAPPER XXXTentacion’s death in Miami this week has triggered a fresh look into a series of domestic abuse allegations against him.

Here’s what we know about his ex-girlfriend Geneva Ayala and her relationship with the 20-year-old musician.

Geneva Ayala has asked people to leave her alone after the death of the ex-boyfriend she said abused her
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Who is Geneva Ayala?

Geneva Ayala is the ex-girlfriend of rapper XXXTentacion, the 20-year-old shot dead in a suspected robbery in Miami, Florida, on June 18.

She had claimed the artist – whose real name was Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy – physically and verbally abused her during their relationship.

According to the Miami New Times, Geneva is two years older than Onfroy, making her around 22 years old.

The Times reports how a chaotic home life led her to move in with her grandmother at the age of 4, and then back in with her mum when she was 12.

When Geneva was 16, her pregnant mum ordered her to move out after deciding to move in with her boyfriend.

Her relationship with Onfroy allegedly started after a previous ex-boyfriend posted an illicit picture of Ayala without consent.

Despite not knowing her, Onfroy insisted on fighting her boyfriend, and the pair met for the first time in November 2014.

After four intense days together, they parted and didn’t see each other for another 18 months, when their allegedly toxic relationship resumed.

Rapper XXXTentacion was awaiting trial on domestic abuse charges at the time of the his death
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What has XXXTentacions ex-girlfriend said about his death and what are the abuse allegations?

Writing on Twitter after Onfroy’s death, Ayala said: “it’s disgusting the people are speaking for me.

“i dont care if no one cared about me however many months ago, i didnt lose my life. he did.

“its permanent. i’m still here. like how do you think that makes me feel?

“everyone expecting me to be relieved or happy?! No, im broken”.

She later claimed she was kicked out of a vigil held for the rapper the day after his death.

Posting on Instagram, she shared a picture of tributes she had taken to the scene followed by another snap of them seemingly burnt.

Ayala wrote: “THEY BURNED THE S**T I LEFT THEY BURNED WHAT I BROUGHT FOR HIM IM SO MAD LIKE IM SCREAMING”.

XXXTentacion was awaiting trial for allegedly assaulting Ms Ayala when he was fatally shot outside a motorcycle dealership in Miami.

Ayala said she was ‘broken’ by news of XXXTentacion’s death
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An interview with the Miami Mew Times in early June, Ayala told how she was subjected to five months of physical and verbal assault.

Ayala reportedly told prosecutors that during one fight, he threatened to sexually attack her and would assault her every three or four days”.

She told the Miami New Times: His favourite thing was to just backhand my mouth. That always left welts inside my lips.

The first reported incident came two weeks after they moved in together in May 2016, when he allegedly smashed her iPhone 6S after she complimented a male friend on his jewellery.

A full 142 page testimony published by Pitchfork alleges he threatened to penetrate her vagina with a barbecue fork, and on a separate occasion held her head under running water in the bathtub.

Ayala said she was ‘broken’ after hearing of her allegedly abusive ex-boyfriend’s death
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In one alleged fit of rage in October 2016, Ayala claims Onfroy punched, slapped, elbowed, strangled, and head-butted her with unprecedented force.

He then is reported to have confiscated her phone and kept her in a room for days – before she escaped and reported Onfroy to the police.

The next morning, Sweetwater Police arrested Onfroy and later charged him with aggravated battery on a pregnant victim, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment and witness tampering.

On November 27, 2017, Onfroy’s attorneys submitted a document signed by Ayala, stating she would not testify against him in court – later saying she was too scared to do so.

Ayala set up a GoFundMe campaign to crowdsource the $20,000 needed to repair nerve damage and a fracture near her eye following one of the alleged attacks.

The page quickly raised several thousand dollars, including $5,000 from Onfroy himself.

But within a week, GoFundMe received reports that Ayala had misrepesented the cause of her injuries, and the website deleted the page, freezing the funds.

The page has now been reactivated, with donations flooding in since the news of the rapper’s death.

Onfroy had always denied all the allegations of domestic abuse against him.


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6. Danny Welbeck backs Jack Wilshere after Arsenal exit and tips friend to reach the next level00:40[−]

DANNY WELBECK is confident Jack Wilshere can reach the next level following the midfielders Arsenal exit.

Wilshere confirmed he would not be signing a new deal with the Gunners after holding talks with new boss Unai Emery.

Danny Welbeck is backing Jack Wilshere to be a hit at his next club
Danny Welbeck is backing Jack Wilshere to be a hit at his next club
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The Englishman was on the verge of extending his Emirates stay on a reduced pay package.

But Emery could not guarantee Wilshere the games he craved, leading the ace to call time on his North London adventure.

Wilshere is now on the hunt for a new club, and pal Welbeck is confident the playmaker will thrive in his new surroundings.

Welbeck said: Im still going to be very close to him even though I wont see him every day.


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Wilshere is leaving Arsenal after his contract expired
Wilshere is leaving Arsenal after his contract expired
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Things change so quickly in football and Im sure hell be missed, particularly by the fans.

Jacks contract was coming to an end, the contract was there for him to sign but hes decided its best for him to leave and he feels like its come to a time where hes made that decision and has to move on.

Hes got to be positive with it, grasp the opportunity with two hands and keep improving and take himself to the next level.

Speculation is rife as to where Wilshere will play next, with reports linking him to West Ham, Wolves and Everton.

Unai Emery could not guarantee Wilshere regular playing time next season
Unai Emery could not guarantee Wilshere regular playing time next season
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Welbeck believes Wilshere can go up another level with regular playing time
Welbeck believes Wilshere can go up another level with regular playing time
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7. Who was XXXTentacion, what was his cause of death, when was the Miami shooting and how old was the rapper?00:40[−]

RAPPER XXXTentacion was shot and killed in Miami, Florida, as he left a motorcycle dealership.

But who was the rapper and why was he such a controversial figure? Here’s all you need to know…

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Rapper XXXtentacion had been making headlines for controversial music videos and alleged abuse claims
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Who was XXXTentacion and how old was he when he died?

Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy was born on January 23, 1998, and raised in Lauderhill, Florida.

His rapper alias was XXXTentacion. He was shot and killed in Miami, on Monday, June 18.

The 20-year-old was shot in his car after leaving a motorcycle dealer in Miami.

Videos of what appeared to be the rapper slumped in the driver seat had been circulating on social media.

This stage name was pronounced X-X-X-tentacion – which was inspired by the Spanish word for temptation, tentaci?n.

He was of Egyptian, Indian, German, Jamaican and Italian descent and had previously never revealed his age until court documents stated his birthday.

The musician had a complicated relationship with his mother, who kicked him out of the house for delinquent behaviour when he was a teenager.

At age six, he plunged a glass shard into a man whom he believed was threatening his mom, while he got expelled middle school for fighting with a kid who had made fun of his mother.

XXXTentacion was arrested three times in 2016: first on charges of robbery and aggravated battery with deadly weapon, then for aggravated battery of a pregnant victim and false imprisonment, then again for violating his pre-trial agreement.

The artist had more than 500,000 Twitter followers and 400 millions plays on SoundCloud.

He had also been feuding with Drake, claiming the Grammy-award winning artist has been ripping off his music.

What are the lyrics to Look At Me?

The rapper was known for being raw, violent and very sexually explicit.

Lyrics include:

“I’m like b****, who is your mans?, aye
Can’t keep my d*** in my pants, aye
My b**** don’t love me no more, aye
She kick me out I’m like vro
That b**** don’t wanna be friends, aye
I gave her d***, she got mad, aye
She put her tongue on my d***, aye
Look at my wrist, about 10, aye
Just got a pound of that boof, aye
Brought that shit straight to the booth, aye
Tommy my Hilfiger boots, aye
She said want f*** b***, I do, aye
You put a gun on my mans, aye
I put a hole in your parents, aye
I just got lean on my ksubis, aye
I got an uzi no uzi, aye
F*** on me, look at me, Ay
F*** on me, yeah, look at me, ay
Look at me, look at me, yeah
F*** on me, yeah
Look at me, yeah, f*** on me
Look at me, **** on me, yeah
Look at me, f*** on me
Yeah, ay.

XXXTentacion released the video today sparking outrage online
XXXTentacion’s Look At Me video sparked outrage online

Why did the Look At Me music video cause outrage?

While the rapper rarely made music videos his visual for Look At Me immediately sparked outrage.

In shocking scenes XXXTentacion can be seen leading a black child and white child up to a swinging noose in a blacked out room.

The rapper can then be seen slipping the noose over the white boy’s head.

He then pulls a rope and the boy is raised into the air as his legs can be seen twitching as he is lynched.

Twitter users branding the clip “hateful”.

Who is XXXTentacion’s former girlfriend?

X’s former girlfriend Geneva had claimed the rapper physically and verbally abused her during their relationship.

The pair met online in May 2016 but she claimed the relationship began to turn abusive in July, with the star allegedly punching, stomping and head-butting her, giving a detailed account of the abuse in court documents.

In a series of Instagram Stories, the rapper appeared to respond to the allegations and the backlash he had been receiving on social media.

He explained: Im insensitive because I refuse to accept a reality for myself that is not my own, I will not have fabricated stories pushed on me, and have people trying to make me submissive off some shit I aint do, Im good.
The rapper continued by recording himself and made the shocking claim: Ima f*** yall little sisters in they throats.

“Everybody that called me a domestic abuser, Im finna domestically abuse yall little sister p**** from the back.

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8. Casey Batchelor posts honest snap of her real post-baby tummy as she cuddles newborn daughter Florence00:39[−]

CASEY Batchelor has posted an honest snap of her “real” post-baby tummy four weeks after giving birth.

The new mum shared an unfiltered snap of herself holding her new baby Florence and was praised by parents for showing what a woman’s body really looks like after giving birth.

Caasey Batchelor shared a selfie of a ‘real’ post-baby belly
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Casey, 33, welcomed her first child last month and she has now given fans a real glimpse into life as a new parent.

She shared a picture of her baby belly totally unfiltered, showing fans that it’s not normal to snap straight back into shape a month after giving birth.

She wrote: “This is what a belly really looks like after birth…

“Yes it looks like I still have a baby in there.”

She also shared a make=up-free selfie
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The model gave birth to her first child in May
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She was bombarded with supportive messages from fans , who praised her for her honesty.

One wrote: “Someone finally showing what a post baby tummy actually looks like!”

Another commented: “Thank you for showing women the reality of a post-birth figure…

“So many celebs make women feel inferior for not snapping straight back into shape so this is a refreshing change.”

She was proud of her bump when she was pregnant and shared plenty of pics
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Casey previously revealed she was in “unbearable” pain during childbirth and the epidural left her bed-bound with severe headaches and “depression”.

The model welcomed Florence on May 24, but her labour wasn’t plain-sailing.

Speaking to OK! Magazine, she said: “I got up to 9.5cm dilated just on gas and air, but the pain became unbearable.

“My body was in so much shock that I was vomiting over myself. Dane was so worried. I said: ‘I literally cant do this any more. Get me the epidural!

“Right now I dont know if I could do that pain again. She was worth it, though.”

Casey has been in a relationship with Florence’s dad, Dane Goodman, for two years.


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9. Transfer news live updates: Manchester United confirm Fred deal plus Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham and Man City updates00:37[−]

IT is that time of year again!

The transfer window is back up and running again.

What will happen with wantaway Neymar? And what does Paul Pogba’s future hold?

Follow all of the twists and turns with our live blog right here ?

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10. Dan Osborne spotted looking glum back home with Jacqueline Jossa after flirting with mystery women in Las Vegas on a stag do00:37[−]

DAN Osborne has been spotted looking rather glum as he met up with his estranged wife Jacqueline Jossa for the first time since he was snapped flirting with mystery women on a Las Vegas stag do.

The reality TV star, 26, sported a serious expression as he touched back down in the UK this afternoon after he was caught cosying up to three bikini-clad women at a pool party.

Dan Osborne looked glum as he arrived back home after a friend’s wild Las Vegas stag do
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Dan was seen dragging a black suitcase and bag into the home he shares with Jacqueline, having recently moved back in after their split in May to help out in the run up to the birth of their second child.

He was then seen getting into a car with the ex-EastEnders star, who is due to give birth in a matter of days.

The couple exchanged few words as they drove off to collect their daughter Ella, 3.

It comes just days after Dan, who also has a four-year-old son Teddy from a previous relationship, was snapped cosying up to three different women at a Las Vegas pool party while his children spent Father’s Day without him.

Dan Osborne and Jacqueline Jossa
The reality star was later seen getting into a car with his pregnant wife
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Dan Osborne
The former Towie star was spotted partying in Las Vegas on a stag do just days ago
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Pictures exclusively shared with The Sun Online showed Dan chatting to a woman dressed as a bikini-clad police man who he asked to arrest him.

The father-of-two put his wrists together and beckoned the woman over, helping her climb over the railings so she could join his private area.

Dan Osborne and daughter Ella
Dan was seen picking up his daughter Ella
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Jacqueline Jossa
The star split with Jacqueline in May
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Meanwhile, his heavily pregnant wife was seen spending Father’s Day with the couple’s daughter and her family in Essex.

She wore a bright blue floral maternity top and black skinny jeans as she dined out.

Dan Osborne
At the weekend Dan was seen chatting to a number of mystery women
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Dan Osborne
The father-of-two was seen cosying up to a brunette at a pool party
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Dan and Jacqueline married in June 2017 after four years of dating.

They welcomed Ella in 2015, and are due to welcome their second – another daughter – in less than two weeks time.

Their marriage has been strained in recent weeks however they had appeared to have been working on their romance following a brief split.

Weve been through a rough period but right now were getting on well, Jaqueline said in a recent interview with OK! magazine.

“Neither of us knows whats going on at the moment but were spending time together and seeing how things go, she revealed.

“Dan hasnt moved back in, but were seeing what happens. Hes here a lot helping with Ella and hell be hands on when the baby arrives.

“Were getting on at the moment and thats the most important thing to us.”


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11. What was Sophie Gradons cause of death, where was the Love Island star when she died and what have police said?00:37[−]

FORMER Love Island star Sophie Gradon has died aged just 32.
Here’s what we know about her tragic death…

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Former Love Island star Sophie Gradon was found dead at a home near Newcastle at the age of 32[/caption]

What was Sophie Gradon’s cause of death?

The exact cause of death is yet to be revealed but the star told a friend she had been in a “critical condition” in a Facebook comment just three days before she died.

Police have ruled the death as non-suspicious.

Sophie described her battle with crippling anxiety and depression in a series of social media posts just months before her death.

Where was Sophie when she died?

The ex-Miss Great Britain, who starred in Love Island in 2016, was found dead at a house near her hometown of Newcastle last night.

What have police said?

A police spokesman today said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: At about 8.27pm yesterday (June 20) police attended a property in Medburn, Ponteland, where sadly a 32-year-old woman was found deceased.

There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding her death. A report will now be prepared for the coroner.

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12. World Cup 2018 live: Argentina lose to Croatia after Denmark draw with Australia and France eliminate Peru00:32[−]

THE next month promises to be a feast of football and Sun Sport will have everything you need to ensure you dont miss a kick in Russia.

Our dedicated World Cup hub is the best place to follow the tournament as it unfolds.

Harry Kane is England's only out-and-out goal threat this summer
Harry Kane leads England’s hopes at this summer’s tournament
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Our team of reporters will be breaking exclusives, bringing you the latest gossip and telling the stories of the tournament.

Well have live blogs on every match, videos of the must see events (on and off the pitch) and the viral content everyones talking about.

Our experts, including Ian Wright and Alan Shearer, will dissect the tournament as it unfolds.

Then theres our daily quiz with incredible prizes to be won. And thats not all of it.

We’ve created a dedicated hub for everything you need this summer
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13. South Africa vs England: Danny Cipriani on mission to make No10 shirt his own on first Red Rose start in decade00:30[−]

DANNY CIPRIANI is on a mission to make the England No?10 shirt his own a decade after his last Test start.

Red Rose boss Eddie Jones turned to the mercurial playmaker as he looks to save something from a lost series at Newlands tomorrow.

Danny Cipriani has finally been handed another start by England
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Cipriani was ditched by Martin Johnson eight years ago and quit the country for Australia to escape the celebrity limelight after his relationship with glamour girl Kelly Brook ended.

But now finally back in favour at the expense of George Ford, fly-half Cips, 30, said: I want to be in this team for as long as I possibly can.

Ive been in and out of it for a while. A lot of it to do with my own doing and sometimes down to different personalities but Ive persevered.

When I was 20, everything just happened. It was like Premiership start, Heineken Cup, play for England. It was almost like that was how it was going to be.

Eddie Jones has turned to the England playmaker for the third Test in South Africa
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Danny Cipriani trains ahead of his return to the England side
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I guess when I broke my ankle it was like, Ah, things arent going to go great.

Things didnt go to plan and I just got an onslaught. And I was like, Well, I kinda want to leave the country now for a bit and come back and start again.

My plan was always to come back and play for England. Ive now got an opportunity to represent my country and get back to winning ways on Saturday.

After a season Down Under with Melbourne Rebels, Cipriani headed back to the Premiership with Sale in 2012 before returning to first club Wasps.

Last month he signed for Gloucester for the start of the 2018-19 season.

Cipriani, a sad story of wasted talent, will win his 16th Red Rose cap against South Africa, the same side he made his last Test start against at Twickenham in 2008.

And no one will be prouder than his devoted mum, Anne, a black cab driver who has been knitting a new jumper for pet pug Rocky in celebration.

Cips said: Shes excited and has been knitting a top for the dog, so Ill let her enjoy that.

Its nice to have this opportunity but I am no different to how I was yesterday.

No matter what position we are in, even if the series is lost, there are no dead rubber internationals.

Cipriani in action against South Africa ten years ago
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Under-pressure Jones needs his Cipriani gamble to hit the jackpot after losing six games in a row. But the Aussie believes Cips can do for England what he did against his Saracens side in the late noughties.

Jones, who almost signed the Wasps prodigy, revealed: I chatted to him about it and he remembered every bit and piece of how he won the game, which I thought was quite interesting.

I believe he can add value to the team. All the other stuff hasnt been in my domain.

England will be missing Brad Shields for the Third Test after a bout of food poisoning.

Nick Isiekwe is also out after fracturing his hand in a wrestling session in training on Monday.

Veteran hooker Schalk Brits, 37, is on the Springboks bench.

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14. Lewis Hamilton fears his French GP bid could be derailed by England vs Panama00:30[−]

LEWIS HAMILTONS Formula One title defence could be derailed by Englands clash with Panama.

The British driver admits he will struggle to focus on Sundays French Grand Prix because he and his mechanics will be watching the match.

Lewis Hamilton admits that he could lose focus on the French GP with England facing Panama
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Englands Group G tie is set to finish at about 2.50pm just 20 MINUTES before the start of the race.

Hamilton is desperate get his season back on track after surrendering the lead in the championship to German rival Sebastian Vettel.

But he confessed: The England game is on Sunday so it will be a bit harder to focus on the race because we will be watching it. Well be trying to keep an eye on both things at the same time.

Whenever this tournament comes along, you always are hoping for something special to happen for England. In my lifetime, it has not been great for us.

Lewis Hamilton poses for a selfie with a fan in France
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Hamilton admits he may have his mind on England’s football star come Sunday
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I am very patriotic and proud to be a Brit, no matter where I go in the world.

To be able to represent a sport and be the one raising the flag hopefully up against the German flag! just like you are hoping the England team will do against Germany, its an honour.

Hamilton, who struggled in the Montreal and Monaco races, needs a result.

But first he will be cheering on his former schoolmate Ashley Young. He added: I knew him at school but Ive not seen him since we were 15.

I remember him being an awesome player as a kid. His dream was always to play for England.

Hamilton needs a good result in France after his struggles in Montreal and Monaco
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Hamilton faces an anxious wait to discover if Mercedes latest engine will be ready for the race.

Meanwhile, McLaren want Daniel Ricciardo to replace Fernando Alonso if the Spaniard quits at the end of the season.

Alonsos ?25million-a-year deal expires then and he has made no secret of the fact he has grown fed up with F1.

Aussie Ricciardo, out of contract at Red Bull at the same time, said: Everyone is talking about Mercedes and Ferrari as potential places for me to go and I am aware that there will be interest from other teams.

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15. World Cup 2018: Raheem Sterling can be an England hero even if he misses out against Panama00:30[−]

RAHEEM STERLING will hardly have been shocked to see Marcus Rashfords name in the notes of Englands assistant manager yesterday.

The out-of-sorts Manchester City striker has yet to be officially told he will be on the bench for Sundays clash with Panama in the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.

Raheem Sterling could be on the bench when England face Panama
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But since his underwhelming display in Mondays Group G opening win over Tunisia, Sterling has braced himself for the decision.

Rashford showed more power, energy and unpredictability when he came off the bench to replace Sterling in the 68th minute against the Africans.

Like other England coaches before him, namely Gary Neville in Brazil four years ago and Ray Lewington at Euro 2016, Gareth Southgates No?2 Steve Holland was a little bit careless with secret information.

Secret, that is, until the information was picked up by a camera.


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Gareth Southgate subbed Sterling in the win over Tunisia
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Yet Sterling, 23, is understood to be in a relaxed frame of mind and fiercely determined to still play a massive part at the World Cup.

On the evidence of the 2-1 win in the Volgograd Arena, Southgate is making the right call in selecting Rashford ahead of Sterling.

For it is a game which offers England a golden chance to seal a last-16 place and a trip to either Moscow or Rostov.

A good performance and goals from Manchester United ace Rashford, 20, would certainly guarantee his place against Belgium in the final group game in Kaliningrad next Thursday.

Sterling, so impressive in bagging 23 goals for City last term, remains a bit of an enigma for England.

And he is seemingly struggling in the role behind skipper Harry Kane up front.

It is actually a position he enjoys more than any other but, as yet, he has not produced his best form there on the biggest stage.

Sterling first played as a Three Lions No?10 behind Daniel Sturridge in the 2014 World Cup opener against Italy in a 2-1 defeat.

He has shown flashes of brilliance but has yet to deliver on a consistent basis. Mind you, he has also played out wide for England and not fully seized that opportunity either.

Marcus Rashford could come into England’s side at Raheem Sterling’s expense
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Sterlings goal return of two in 39 caps the last coming nearly three years ago against Estonia is clearly not good enough. He is not the only one, though, as Rashfords record three goals in 20 games is hardly ideal either.

But his strike in the final warm-up against Costa Rica at Elland Road underlined his game-changing ability.

Rashford also caused Tunisia problems with his directness and pace and his mission will be to do the same against Panama.

Considering the Central Americans will probably attempt to kick lumps out of Southgates side, Rashford is also probably better equipped to deal with this than Sterling.

Jordan Henderson was quick to defend Sterling.

He said: I dont think there should be any noise around his performance the other night.

I would be surprised if that is the case, but it wont bother him.

I looked at what he did for the team and what he brings to England with his pace to run in behind and drop in and link the play.

He is used to the scrutiny now and he handles it all very well.

He was phenomenal for City last season, scoring more than 20 goals, and everyone needs to get behind him.

To score that many goals shows he is doing something right and if other players had the season he did, we would be talking about it a lot more than we seem to do with Raheem.

Jordan Henderson, far right, has defended Raheem Sterling’s display against Tunisia
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As Southgate will tell Sterling, he could still be important on Sunday, particularly if Panama defend stubbornly and England begin to tire in the 31C (88F) heat.

Maybe Sterling could still leave the pitch as a hero, like two-goal Kane did in Volgograd.

But as boss Southgate repeatedly insists, a number of players will have a vital part to play over these next few weeks.

And barring an absolute disaster, it looks as though England will manage at least four games at the World Cup something they were unable to manage in Brazil.

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16. Dublin star Michael Darragh Macauley is hungrier than ever and will be key as Dubs chase four-in-a-row00:30[−]

DUBLIN star Michael Darragh Macauley could never be accused of being conventional.

Long before fans had heard of him, he was invited to a training game and turned up late for it.

Michael Darragh Macauley contests a high ball with Longford’s Conor Berry during the Leinster semi-final
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That was in 2009 and I was a selector, having retired from playing earlier in the year.

It was the summer of the startled earwigs and boss Pat Gilroy was down a few bodies for an A versus B game, so he rang some club players to make up numbers.

Michael Darragh was one of them and after turning up late he ran out in a pair of Bermuda shorts.

That was him all over. Carefree.

Macauley in action against Kerry in Killarney, 2010
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He still made an impression and when Kerry booted us out of the Championship, myself, Pat and Mickey Whelan met up to talk about players for 2010.

I recommended three who I thought they should seriously look at Dean Rock, Cian OSullivan and Michael Darragh.

Nearly a decade on that trio have 14 All-Ireland SFC medals between them.

Im not claiming any credit for uncovering them because they were already well on the radar.

But with Michael Darragh, I knew he had something to offer as a club-mate at Ballyboden St Endas, where I played with him in 2008.

I remember thinking Dean Rock and Cian OSullivan were safe bets to suggest to the lads. Michael Darragh was my wild card.

On the basis of skill, he was a good bit behind the others but the potential was obvious.

Dublin beat Kerry in a league game in February of 2010 – the first time theyd won in Killarney since the 1982-1983 campaign.

Michael Darragh scored a trademark point at the end to secure the two-point win driving through, fisting it over.

Dublins golden era as we know it really took off from there and so did Michael Darraghs career.

Dublin lost the 2012 All-Ireland semi-final against Mayo but they launched a fightback in the second half that was driven by Michael Darragh at midfield.

Pat alluded to it afterwards in his interview.

He said something like, Thats what he gives you every day, 100 per cent, regardless of whether youre winning or losing.

Macauley played Superleague basketball for Eanna this year
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Hes a colourful character, loves his music and basketball.

Hes just a bit different to the norm, a bit out there.

He doesnt fit the stereotype of a Dublin footballer.

He missed a big league game against Cork in 2011 because a piece of chicken got stuck in his throat.

In 2012, he damaged his midriff after falling off his bike.

Lifes never dull around Michael Darragh but Id say a few people were beginning to write him off after last year.

He only got a few minutes in the Championship against Monaghan because of a knee injury.

But he went back playing basketball over the winter and has been flying it this year.

Hes started nine of their 10 league and Championship games so far.

Macauley is a big music and basketball fan
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Before the Championship started, he said last years All-Ireland medal meant nothing to him because he didnt contribute anything.

Its obvious he feels theres unfinished business for him now.

Even since winning the Footballer of the Year award in 2013 he hasnt really been the established No?1 midfielder as youd expect.

I get the feeling hes really keen now to make a big statement.

Dublin are coming up against defensive formations every time they play but his power and athleticism allows him to burst through.

Whether its John OLoughlin or Kieran Lillis he lines up against on Sunday, itll be a massive battle.

When he runs at you, hes virtually unstoppable. And hes got Brian Fenton there beside him, who is also in the form of his career.

Any year you win an All-Ireland, youre going to have your go-to players, your four or five lads that have exceptional summers.

The biggest compliment you could pay Michael Darragh is that he looks like hes one of those players.

Id put him up there at the moment with Fenton, Ciar?n Kilkenny and Paul Mannion as the guys who driving Dublin forward.

The difference with Michael Darragh is that at 31, hes seven or eight years older than those guys and is coming off a serious knee injury.

Thats what people mean when they talk about hunger.


17. Stephen Henderson reckons League of Ireland structure should cater for event junkies to attract more fans00:30[−]

ANY League of Ireland structure should cater for event junkies.

That is the view of Cobh Ramblers boss Stephen Henderson who also believes that, once chosen, a league format should be set in place for a long period instead of being chopped and changed.

Cobh Ramblers manager Stephen Henderson
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Last week, FAI competitions director Fran Gavin revealed his preference for the introduction of a play-off for the final Europa League spot for next season.

By 2020, the league is due to be run by a new body comprising representatives from the association and the clubs.

In theory at least, it represents a fresh start and an opportunity to unlock the potential for professional football within Ireland.

Among other things, Henderson believes the bandwagoners should be acknowledged by adding more play-off showdowns.

Fran Gavin sees their issues as a short term problem
FAI director of competitions Fran Gavin

He told SunSport: We are a nation of event junkies and with two ten-team leagues you have the potential to create events.

The bottom three in the Premier Division should be in danger of relegation.

Im not saying three should go down, maybe two, but that possibility has to be there.

Play-off matches have probably been among the most successful things we have had in the league, the likes of Kilkenny City, having 3,000 at games.

You look at Cobh. We had a poor start to the season but because fourth place gets you into the play-offs were going into the second half of the season with an opportunity our season isnt dead.

And you also have to have the possibility of relegation from the First Division for the same reason.

What I would like is a proper football pyramid with the four provincial winners going into their own play-offs with the winner having the option of stepping up to the League of Ireland if they wish to and meet the criteria.

But whatever we choose, we have to try and stick with it as part of a ten-year strategic plan because, on average, were changing the format every two years.

It gives the perception that we havent a clue what we are doing.

Henderson believes by offering a clear route into the league, it would remove some of the disconnect between it and other strands of the game.

He added: Its often fractious, them and us.

And part of that is because of how things are structured but you can change that so intermediate and schoolboy are more integrated with the league.

Were churning people out with Uefa A licences and there are no jobs for them here so theyre going abroad but this could help with that too.

The former goalkeeper reckons the creation of a new body to run the league is a welcome development but that it must be properly resourced to meet the needs of the domestic game.

He explained: I always thought going in with the FAI was the right thing to do for the league because clubs will always look after themselves first.

But there havent been enough people working for the league within the FAI and any new body has to be properly staffed.

If we get that transparency and accountability?.?.?.? then we a good starting point and we can look at maximising TV and commercial revenues because I firmly believe we have a product which, if nurtured properly, can actually make a profit for the FAI.

Once people realise that what makes a strong league is not one or two clubs being strong but us all being strong, then we can progress.

If your weakest club is horrendous, then your league will be horrendous.

While some bemoan the gulf in resources between the top two and the rest, Henderson says he does not begrudge the money Dundalk and neighbours Cork City have raked in from Uefa.

The Cobh supremo said: Both clubs nearly went out of business not so long ago.

So I dont want to knock them, I want to learn from them.


18. Who will replace David Dimbleby as Question Time host? The favourites from Jeremy Paxman to Kirsty Young00:28[−]

DAIVD Dimbleby has quit Question Time after 25 years of hosting the show.

But who will replace him now that he’s gone? – here’s the lowdown on all the possible contenders…

David Dimbleby is stepping down as the host of Question Time on the BBC
David Dimbleby is stepping down as the host of Question Time on the BBC

Who will replace David Dimbleby as Question Time host?

The BBC have not yet confirmed who will replace the veteran presenter who has hosted the show since 1994.

A TV source said: Its wide open right now. BBC bosses have until the end of the year to decide, but the initial thought is that it should be a female host for the first time. The Beeb is certainly not short of options on that front with more strong women contenders than male.

David Dimbleby will now return to his “first love” of news reporting and will present his last edition of Question Time on December 13, 2018.

Here’s a look at who’s in the running…

Jeremy Paxman

Jeremy Paxman is a contender as the host of Question Time
Jeremy Paxman is no stranger to political debates
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Jeremy Paxman, 68, is best known for his rigorous grilling of politicians on Newsnight which he presented from 1989-2015.

Since 1994 he’s also hosted the panel game show University Challenge which makes him the longest-serving current quizmaster on British TV.

He’s also presented the Tonight programme, Panorama, The BBC’s Six O’Clock News and Breakfast Time.

In 2013 his interview with Russell Brand went viral after he told the comedian “If you cant be arsed to vote, why should we be arsed to listen to your political point of view?”

Kirsty Young

Kirsty Young is Kirsty Young is the current presenter of Radio 4's Desert Island discsa contender as the host of Question Time
Kirsty Young is the current presenter of Radio 4’s Desert Island discs
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Kirsty Young, 49, has presented Radio 4’s Desert Island discs since 2006.

In May 2018, she covered the Royal Wedding for the BBC.

In 1997 she joined Channel 5 as one of the original presenters of 5 News.

She also presented Crimewatch from 2008-2015.

Victoria Derbyshire

Victoria Derbyshire is the host of her own BBC current affairs programme
Victoria Derbyshire is the host of her own BBC current affairs programme
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Victoria Derbyshire, 49, is best known for presenting her own eponymous current affairs show on the BBC.

She started out in journalism as a presenter on BBC Radio 5 Live in 1998.

She’s also presented Watchdog and Sports Talk on Channel 4.

In March 2018 she took part in ITV’s the Real Full Monty and stripped off in a aid of Breast Cancer awareness following her own battle with the illness.

Evan Davis

Evan Davis is best known as the BBC political correspondent
Evan Davis is best known as the BBC political correspondent
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Evan Davis, 56, replaced Jeremy Paxman as Newsnight presenter in 2014.

The award-winning broadcast journalist previously hosted Radio 4’s Today programme and the entrepreneur show Dragon’s Den.

As the BBC’s economic editor he has regularly reported on the Ten O’clock News.

In 2005 he crossed the picket line during strikes by BBC staff over announced job cuts.

Kirsty Wark

Kirsty Wark presents Newsnight
Kirsty Wark presents Newsnight
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Kirsty Wark, 63, has presented Newsnight since 1993 as well as the spin-off show Newsnight Review from 2002-2014.

She began her career in 1976 as a graduate researcher for BBC Radio Scotland.

In 1982 she moved into broadcasting to become the host of the Scottish lunchtime political programme Agenda and the current affairs series Current Account.

In 2011 she was a runner-up in Celebrity Masterchef, narrowly missing out to Phil Vickery.

Emily Maitlis

Emily Maitlis, 47, is a Canadian born British journalist best known for presenting Newsnight.

She started out working for NBC Asia and covered the transfer of sovereignty of Hong Kong with Jon Snow for Channel 4.

Later she became the Sky News business correspondent and host of BBC London news.

Emily speaks fluent Italian, Spanish and French as well as some Mandarin.

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19. Who is David Dimblebys wife Belinda Giles, when did she marry the Question Time host and do they have children?00:28[−]

BELINDA Giles is best known as the second wife of Question Time host David Dimbleby.

After the BBC broadcaster announced he would be stepping down from his post, it’s time to take a greater look at the woman he’ll be concentrating his free time on…

Belinda married Question Time presenter David Dimbleby in 2000
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Who is David Dimbleby’s wife Belinda Giles?

Dr Belinda Giles is a Counselling Psychologist and Systemic Psychotherapist, who is married to Question Time presenter David Dimbleby.

After a prior career as a TV producer and businesswoman, Belinda gained her doctorate from the University of Surrey in Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Psychology in 2009.

She is the daughter of the former Sunday Times editor Frank Giles and has been a producer on numerous TV series and documentaries.

Belinda also won the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary in 1998, formerly known as the Robert Flaherty Award, for True Stories: The Grave.

After a career as a TV producer, Belinda retrained as a psychologist
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When did she marry the Question Time presenter?

Belinda first fell for David Dimbleby in 1992 while she was married to society photographer Christopher Sykes.

David was also married to cookery-writer Josceline for 33 years before they officially divorced in 2000.

Belinda married the Question presenter, 20 years her senior, later that same year.

They currently live on a farm in Polegate, East Sussex.

Do they have children?

Belinda has one child with David Dimbleby, 19-year-old son Fred.
Fred is currently reading history at Keble College, Oxford.

He harbours a hopes to do a law conversion course and work in advocacy in America, helping people subjected to human rights abuses and death penalty cases.

David also has three children with first wife Josceline: Liza, an artist, Henry, who founded the fast-food chain Leon, and Kate, a jazz singer.

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20. How old is David Dimbleby, when is he leaving Question Time and who is his wife Belinda Giles?00:25[−]

DAVID Dimbleby is best known as the face of Question Time where he has spent a quarter of a century at the helm.

Here’s what you need to know about the TV favourite, who announced that will step down from his post on the show later this year.

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David has been the face of the BBCs election coverage for years as well as hosting Question Time[/caption]

How old is David Dimbleby and does he have a tattoo?

David Dimbleby, 79, from Surrey, is a veteran broadcaster who has been the face of the BBCs election coverage for years.

He has known for hosting the panel show Question Time for the past 24 years.

David joined the BBC as a news reporter in Bristol during the 60s and has appeared in news programmes since 1962.

Back in 2013, it was revealed that David had got his first tattoo aged 75 – a scorpion on his right shoulder because he is a Scorpio.

At the time, he said: “He said: Youre only old once. Ive always wanted a tattoo. I might as well do it now. Its a dream come true and a work of art.

David has hosted Question Time since 1994
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David has hosted Question Time since 1994[/caption]

Is David Dimbleby quitting Question Time?

On June 17, David revealed that he is stepping down from Question Time, which he has hosted since 1994.

The presenting heavyweight, who turns 80 in October, will step down from the BBC1 show at on December 13.

It is thought he will remain the anchor for the Beebs general election coverage having covered every single one since 1979.

Those in the frame to replace him on Question Time include Desert Island Discs Kirsty Young, 49, BBC2 presenter Victoria Derbyshire, also 49, and University Challenges Jeremy Paxman, 68.

Newsnight trio Evan Davis, 56, Kirsty Wark, 63 and Emily Maitlis, 47, are also in the mix.

David is Question Time’s longest-serving presenter, having succeeded Peter Sissons who had presented the show between 1989 and 1993, and Robin Day who hosted between 1979 and 1989.

Whos Davids wife Belinda Giles?

David Dimbleby is married to TV producer Belinda Giles and the pair wed in 2000, after first getting together in 1993.

Belinda is the granddaughter of Herbrand Sackville, 9th Earl De La Warr and the couple share a son, Fred.

Previously, David was married to British cookery writer Josceline Gaskell, with whom he shares three children – cookery writer Liza, founder of the food chain Leon, Henry and Kate, a singer.

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21. Who is Afua Hirsch and what were the journalists comments about Nelsons Column?00:25[−]

AFUA Hirsch is a hard hitting journalist who is known for her controversial views.

But what’s her background? And what did she say about Nelson’s Column? Here’s the lowdown…

Afua Hirsch is a journalist and barrister
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Who is Afua Hirsch?

Afua Hirsch, 36, was born 12 June 1981 and is a writer, broadcaster and barrister.

She has worked as a journalist for The Guardian newspaper and as the Social Affairs and Education Editor for Sky News until 2017.

Hirsch’s book Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging was published in January 2018.

She often causes controversy with some of her comments
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What did Afua say about Nelson’s Column?

In August 2017 Afua sparked outrage after calling for Nelson’s Column to be removed and branding Lord Nelson a “white supremacist”.

Many people reacted with fury after an article in The Guardian suggested it could be time to “look at our own landscape” in the wake of a spate of statues being removed in the US.

Writing in the paper, Afua said the monument in London’s Trafalgar Square should be felled because the Admiral “defended slavery”.

In the article titled: “Toppling statues? Here’s why Nelson’s Column should be next”, she claimed the man who helped defeat Napoleon was “what you would call now, without hesitation, a white supremacist”.

What happened with Afua and Piers Morgan?

On May 15, 2018 Afua got in to have very heated debate with Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain over Winston Churchill.

She argued that former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s “heroic” status should be re-assessed, though Piers was less inclined to agree with the notion.

“They know absolutely nothing about his huge legacy,” she said. “He was obsessed with his hatred for Indians.”

However, Piers argued she should look at the “bigger picture”, with Afua hitting back: “This is the bigger picture!”

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22. Judge in the North slams gardai as murder trial of David Black collapses and man walks free over cops evidence-gathering tactics00:21[−]

A JUDGE in the North slammed gardais evidence-gathering tactics yesterday after a man accused of aiding and abetting in the murder of a prison officer walked free from court.

The family of prison officer David Black, who was shot dead on his way to work six years ago, were praised by prosecutors as a trial linked to the case collapsed.

Damien Mclaughlin walks free from Belfast Crown Court
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Damien McLaughlin, 41, was formally found not guilty of aiding and abetting murder, possession of articles for use in terrorism, preparation of terrorist acts and belonging to a proscribed organisation.

Public prosecutors had warned Mr Blacks relatives what was about to happen at Belfast Crown Court before advising Mr Justice Adrian Colton to pull the plug on the case.

Judge Colton said: I direct that a not guilty verdict be entered in respect of this accused.

After Mr McLaughlin left court, a PPS statement said: We recognise that the outcome is extremely disappointing for the family and wish to acknowledge and pay tribute to the strength and dignity that they have demonstrated throughout.

Yvonne and Kyle Black leaving Belfast Crown Court
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The entire prosecution case against McLaughlin rested on the evidence of Co Leitrim man Stephen Brady, who was interviewed by gardai.

Mr Brady allegedly said Mr McLaughlin was the man who moved a Toyota Camry car, later allegedly used by the gunmen to carry out the ambush of Mr Black before escaping.

Earlier this week the judge in the no-jury Diplock trial had made it clear that, on viewing the interview tapes involving three Garda officers, he was minded not to proceed.

He said on Tuesday: The risk of unreliability of Bradys statements is such that they should not be admitted by way of hearsay.

Prison officer David Black who was killed six years ago
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Profanities used by police interviewers, he said, were excessive and oppressive.

And he said the questioning was conducted in such a way as to undermine the suspects right to silence.

He added he could not believe that it was contemplated that the interviews with Brady would be relied upon in any criminal prosecution.

He told the court: In the course of the interviews the suspect was the subject of threats and inducements.

I am not satisfied that it is in the interests of justice for the hearsay evidence to be admitted.

Damien McLaughlin walked free
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“To the contrary, because of the particular circumstances in which the evidence was obtained, I consider that it is necessary in the interests of justice that it should not be admitted and that a trial depending upon it should not be allowed to proceed because any conviction based on that evidence would be unsafe.

Maghaberry Prison Officer David Black, 52, died after a high-speed drive-by shooting in November 2012.

A group calling itself the IRA said it carried out the murder on the M1 motorway near Lurgan, Co Armagh.

In a statement, McLaughlins solicitor Peter Corrigan said: Mr McLaughlin has always vehemently denied the charges.

The evidence obtained by the Garda was significantly and fundamentally flawed from the outset, and should never have been relied upon, nor should Mr McLaughlin have been charged with these offences.

Mr Blacks widow Yvonne and his son Kyle were among those in court. Kyle, 31, has been a critic of the handling of the case for some time.

He said: We have been preparing for that trial for five and a half years, so for it to collapse like this is very difficult to take.

The more time that passes the likelihood of anybody being held accountable becomes less and less.


23. Heres where to buy the looks from the latest Love Island including Danis tropical bikini set00:19[−]

YEAR after year, the Love Island girls always give us total wardrobe envy.

But while most of us may not be spending the summer frolicking in a glorious villa and enjoying flings with gorgeous boys, we can at least channel the Islander’s flawless fashion sense in our everyday wardrobes.

Dani is nailing her swimwear collection… and this tropical two piece is no different
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  • Pink Tropical Underwired Top, ?15 from Missguided – buy now

Not only is she one half of the cutest couple on the Island right now but Dani Dyer is totally NAILING it with her bikini collection at the mo’.

This pink tropical set from Missguided can be mixed and matched with either the underwired bra Dani has opted for or combined with a slightly sexier wrapround top.

Eagle-eyed Love Island fans would have also spotted it on Georgia a few episodes ago which effectively means it’s had double the Love Island stamp of style approval.

We’d recommend buying all three…. just because.

Why not opt for the wraparound version of the top?
  • Pink Tropical High Leg Briefs, ?8 from Missguided – buy now
Samira looked pleased with her bright pink bikini, right?
Make like Samira with this tropical crochet set
  • Pink Crochet Trim Bikini Set, ?25 from Missguided – buy now

Meanwhile, Samira stunned in this bright and beautiful crochet bikini.

Perhaps not the most practical for, you know ACTUALLY going in the pool, but it does look totally adorable.

Chances are, it has worked a charm on new boy Sam.

Laura kept Wes’ eyes from wandering with this super sexy one piece

  • Extreme cut out swimsuit, ?22 from Missguided – buy now

Laura is on something of an all-time fashion high right now.

Having firmly rescued Wes from his wandering eye, the 29-year-old bombshell stunned in this grey cut-out one piece.

But if you’re not as tanned as Laura right now, then why not rock either the bronze or blue stripped version of this sexy swimwear?

You’re welcome.

Megan pictured pre-make-out session
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  • Blue Bardot Popper Denim Dress, ?35 from Missguided – buy now

Sadly, Megan’s date night dress has already sold out – the girl has got great style, right?

But fans of a timeless denim dress will be pleased to know that you can pick up a super similar button-down option for ?35 from Missguided.

Better still, the bardot-style makes it even more suitable for date night… or steamy hideaway make-out sessions.

This denim bardot dress is equally as slinky as Megan’s day date outfit
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For daily Love Island outfit updates, look no further than our wardrobe guide.

Here’s where you can buy Georgia’s silky red PJs from the latest Love Island.

Or get Ellie’s gorgeous gingham costume here.

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24. Melania Trump wears I really dont care, do you? message on her jacket on visit to meet immigrant children in detention centres00:16[−]

MELANIA Trump wore a bizarre jacket which said “I really don’t care, do you?” during a visit to meet immigrant children separated from their parents in detention centres.

The first lady who had pushed Donald Trump to U-turn on his controversial child migration policy travelled to Texas and talked to kids at a shelter.

Melania Trump wore a jacket with the words ‘I really don’t care, do u?’ written on the back as she made her way to Texas to meet with immigrant children
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Her appearance came one day after the US President ordered that tots should not be separated from their families following an outcry over images of migrant children in wire cages.

But as Melania boarded a government plane at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland she was seen wearing a ?30 Zara military jacket with the message printed on the back: I don’t care, do u?

Afterwards, her spokesman Stephanie Grisham said: It’s a jacket. There was no hidden message.”

Grisham underscored that message in a tweet with the hashtags #SheCares and #ItsJustAJacket.

Melania Trump climbs back into her motorcade after travelling to Texas to visit children taken from their parents at the US-Mexico border
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The first lady opted to wear this ?30 military green Zara jacket with the words ‘I really don’t care, do u?’ written in graffiti-style on the back
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Melania Trump wore a jacket which said ‘I don’t care, do u?’ on the back as she flew to Texas to meet with immigrant children in a detention centre
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Stepping out of the motorcade, the first lady appeared to have dressed more casually for her flight to Texas
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US first lady Melania Trump steps out of her motorcade before boarding an Air Force plane and travelling to Texas
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She paired the bizarre jacket choice with white jeans and matching white trainers
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President Trump responded by saying the jacket referred to the ‘Fake News Media’

Mrs Trump wore a different pale cream jacket when the plane landed in McAllen, Texas, for a impromptu visit to the Upbring New Hope Children’s Center, which houses 55 migrant children.

The trendy jacket sharply contrasts with the first lady’s typically bold, foreign-flavoured wardrobe.

In public appearances, the first lady has worn designs by Dolce & Gabbana, Del Pozo, Christian Dior, Emilio Pucci, Givenchy and Valentino, often with daringly high Christian Louboutin heels.

During her visit to the facility sheltering children from ages from 12 to 17, the first lady said she was happy to be visiting the kids.

She revealed: I’m looking forward to meeting the children.

Boarding the steps of the plane, the message on her jacket was slightly obscured
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Once she neared the top of the staircase it became clear that her military-style coat had an unusual message on the back
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She was met with a large paper American flag the children had signed taped to a wall, with the words: “Welcome! First Lady”.

Mrs Trump asked them where they were from, if they were friends and how long they’d been at the centre – where staff said kids typically spend between 42 and 45 days.

The children responded, sometimes in English, other times in Spanish, many of them wearing grey T-shirts with the red, white and blue words “We Are One.”

She told children to “be kind and nice to each other” as she left for another classroom.

She had changed out of the jacket by the time she arrived at McAllen Miller International Airport
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The first lady lands in rainy Texas in a cream coloured jacket and carrying an umbrella
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The first lady thanked the staff for their “heroic work” and asked them to reunite the children with their families as quickly as possible.

New Hope staff told her that the children are assessed for physical and mental health issues when they enter the facility and are often distraught.

They attend school five days a week and have a variety of activities.

Director Roy De La Cerda said: “We just have a tremendous passion for working with these children. We see them as our own.”

Back in Washington, her husband spoke at length before a cabinet meeting, claiming that there was a massive child smuggling industry.

He added: The human traffickers are making a fortune. It’s a disgrace.

His comments came 24 hours after he announced an end to his policy of separating children from their parents at the US border.


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25. Sophie Gradon dead Love Island stars ex Thomas Powell breaks silence after her tragic death aged 3200:11[−]

SOPHIE Gradon’s ex-boyfriend Thomas Powell has paid tribute to the late star after her shock death at age 32.

Posting on Twitter, a heartbroken Tom said: “Always had a way with words… you will be dearly missed by so many.”

Sophie dumped Tom in favour of Katie
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He still posted a heartbreaking tribute to his Love Island ex
Sophie passed away yesterday at home
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It came after her other villa ex Katie Salmon wrote: “Isn’t it crazy how someone so stunning, so smiley and appeared so happy can feel [like there is] no way out.

“I’m heartbroken for you Soph to have felt this pain. I wish there was more help out there.

“Your smile will be remembered forever. My thoughts are with your family, friends and loved ones at this horrendous time.

“Too young, too sweet, too kind. Am sending all my love I truly am to everyone who had the pleasure of ever being in her company!”

Sophie was found dead at her home near Newcastle last night.

Sophie, right, met Katie on Love Island and quickly got together
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Her devastated boyfriend Aaron Armstrong posted an emotional tribute to the star this morning, saying: “I will never forget that smile.”

He added: “I love you so much baby your (sic) my world forever and always”.

After the news broke, her friends paid tribute to amazing and beautiful Sophie.

Geordie Shore’s Holly Hagan told her fans: You were only helping me battle the Twitter trolls yesterday. Rest in peace beautiful.

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Her celebrity pals paid tribute to the stunning reality star after the news broke[/caption]

Sophie, left, got close to Katie in the Love Island villa in 2016
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Her co-star Nathan Henry tweeted: Rest in peace you beautiful little angel, the heavens are blessed with a beautiful smile R.I.P.

Olivia Buckland told her followers: You helped us through so much. Your smile was one in a million.

The world failed. I send all my love and my thoughts to you today. To your family and your loved ones. I cannot work out what to say. RIP you beautiful beautiful woman. Im so lucky to have met you.”

She added: “You were such an intricate, creative, intelligent soul.

Caroline Flack added: “So very sad . Such a beautiful soul …. such a beautiful smile …thoughts and love with friends and family.”

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Sophie was crowned Miss Great Britain in 2009[/caption]

Love Islands Hayley Hughes added: Im lost of words right now ! RIP @sophiegradon such an amazing and beautiful girl.

Shelby Tribble wrote to Sophie: Such sad news RIP beautiful.

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Bosses said they were devastated to hear of Sophie’s death this morning[/caption]

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Sophie was found dead at her home in Newcastle[/caption]

The official twitter account of Miss Great Britain also paid tribute to Sophie, who wore the crown in 2009.

Meanwhile Love Island also wrote on it’s official Twitter account: “The whole ITV2 and Love Island team are profoundly saddened to hear the news about Sophie, and our deepest sympathies and thoughts go to her family and friends.”

Previous winner Cara De La Hoyde reached out to Sophie’s family and wrote online: Such a awful day my heart is broken & goes out to the very one effected.

Malin Andersson told her fans: RIP @sophiegradon THIS WORLD IS CRUEL. I cant believe what Ive just read.

You beautiful angel. I have no words. Im in so much pain. A beautiful friend and person. It hasnt sunk in.

Olivia Buckland’s fiance Alex Bowen also paid tribute to Sophie, calling her a beautiful person with a beautiful soul.

He added: We had lots of little chats and so many laughs. You were the the shoulder to cry on and a beautiful person with a beautiful soul. Shine bright in that sky Sophie Gradon.

Other stars to pay tribute to Sophie from the 2016 series included Kady McDermott, who wrote on Instagram: “I am absolutely heartbroken to hear what happened to Soph. It was honestly an honour to experience Love Island with you the show that changed all our lives, and I am so glad to have known you.

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“So beautiful with a massive heart. I so wish we stayed in contact more despite our busy lives and I wish we could of known and helped you through your battle because you wasnt alone.?

“I pray and give strength to your family and loved ones at this time. Youre in a better place now, sleep tight angel ?#RIP #STAYSHAPEY #ShapeySoph #WeLoveYouSophie”.

Emma-Jane Woodhams also used Instagram to share a picture of Sophie alongside the words: “I am so saddened by the news I woke up to. The world has lost a beautiful bubbly soul ?

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“You had the ability to light up a room with that smile and the funniest sense of humour. As beautiful inside as you were on the outside.

“Heaven has gained a shapey little angel albeit far to soon ?Its an honour to have known you and shared such a once in a life time experience.

“My heart aches for your family, partner and closest friends. Rest in peace Soph fly free.”

Love Island’s Montana Brown told her online followers: Im in shock…. My thoughts are with you and your family @sophiegradon. The heavens have gained an angel RIP beautiful girl.

Geordie Shore’s Sophie Kasaei said: It was only 24 hours ago we were laughing about me on Twitter and talking about my antics. You were the most beautiful kind hearted soul …. we have lost another angel.

Sophie’s pal and Love Island star Cally Jane Beech: Im so so shocked and heartbroken to hear this tragic news about @sophiegradon What a beautiful soul she was Im completely speechless. RIP Soph you angel.

Katie (left) managed to stay friends with Sophie and Tom after the show
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Big Brother star Chanelle Hayes wrote: “This is so sad. 32 years old is far too young. Life is far too short. Whenever I spent time with @sophiegradon we had laughs s**ts and giggles. So sad to hear the news today ???#RIP.”

Kerry Katona added: “Absolutely devastating another beautiful soul loss to mental health issues!!! Someone who always looked so happy…. please please please dont suffer in silence!!!!!!!!”

Meanwhile Celebrity Big Brother’s Jamie O’Hara shared on Instagram: “Im devastated that another beautiful soul looses there life to mental health, how many more people who look happy seem happy but are loosing there battle inside.

Tributes flooded in from fellow reality stars once they heard the sad news
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“I urge people to do more regards mental health issues I for one will be taking on more roles to help people suffering with depression and mental health, if you are suffering you are not alone please dont suffer in silence we are all in this life together.

“RIP @sophiegradon my thoughts and prayers with your family and friends.”

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: At about 8.27pm yesterday (June 20) police attended a property in Medburn, Ponteland, where sadly a 32-year-old woman was found deceased.

There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding her death. A report will now be prepared for the coroner.

Katie and Sophie hooked up on Love Island 2016 when Sophie dumped boyfriend Tom Powell for Katie.

But she ditched Katie just one day later. However, they managed to stay friends after the show ended.


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26. What do Argentina need to do to stay in World Cup 2018? Group D table, results and fixtures00:08[−]

GROUP D features a wonderful mix of new-boys, perenniel underachievers and sleeping giants.

And there could be a major shock yet following Argentina’s 3-0 defeat by Croatia.

Lionel Messi is looking for World Cup glory
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World Cup 2018 Group D table

Iceland take on Nigeria on Friday afternoon in a game which could effectively knock Argentina out of the World Cup at the group stage.

  • A win would put Iceland on four points – the maximum Argentina could get from the group.
  • In the World Cup group stage teams’ tiebreakers are decided on goal difference not head-to-head like the Euros.
  • Effectively, Iceland could win their next game vs Nigeria and then draw against Croatia in their last game to finish on five points and put Argentina out. Or alternatively Iceland could draw with Nigeria and defeat Croatia to leave it out of Argentina’s hands.
  • This means that a win may not be enough in Argentina’s final game against Nigeria, depending on the outcome of Iceland vs Nigeria on Friday.
  • The last time Argentina were knocked out of the World Cup at the group stage was 1962.

Fixture list for Group D

Friday, June 22 (4pm): Nigeria v Iceland BBC

Tuesday, June 26 (7pm): Nigeria v Argentina BBC

Tuesday, June 26 (7pm): Iceland v Croatia BBC


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Results from Group D

Saturday, June 16: Argentina 1 Iceland 1

Saturday, June 16: Croatia 2 Nigeria 0

Thursday, June 21: Argentina 0 Croatia 3

What is the situation if two teams finish level on points at the group stage in Russia?

Each team plays one match against each of the other teams in the four-team group with three points for a win, one for a draw and none for a loss.

Who finishes above who will be decided by goal difference, not their head-to-head record.

If that is not conclusive then the greatest number of goals scored will decide.

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27. How old is Melania Trump, where is the First Lady from, why did she have kidney surgery and when did she marry Donald?00:01[−]

AMERICA’S First Lady was born in a tower block in Communist Yugoslavia – but is now one of the most recognisable women in the world.

But just who is Melania Trump and how did she meet her billionaire husband and US President Donald?

Melania says she will be active in the fight against cyber-bullying
First Lady of the United States Melania Trump
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Who is Melania Trump?

Donald Trump’s third wife, born Melania Knauss, is the only First Lady to be born in a communist country.

She was born on April 26, 1970 and raised in a tower block in communist Yugoslavia (now Slovenia), making her only the second First Lady to have been born outside the United States after Louisa Adams, the English wife of President John Quincy, who left office in 1829.

She began modelling aged just five years old after posing for a Slovenian fashion photographer Stane Jerko.

She was later signed to a modelling agency in Milan, Italy, when she was 18 years old.

As a teen she went on to study architecture and design at the University of Ljubljana and later started travelling to Milan, where she signed on to an agency.

While in Italy, Melania who changed her surname from Knavs to the more Germanic-sounding Knauss was set on the path to meet her billionaire husband.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's wife Melania Trump attends a campaign event in Washington
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Melania was a successful model before she met Trump in 1998[/caption]

She moved to New York in 1996 on a work visa and has since appeared on the covers of New York Magazine, Vogue in Italy, Harpers Bazaar in Bulgaria and GQ in the UK.

In 1995, she appeared in a lesbian-style shoot with fellow model Emma Erikson in which the pair posed naked alongside each other.

Three years later she started dating Donald Trump in 1998, before marrying him in 2005 and gave birth to their son, Barron, the following year.

Her husband described her as an “incredible” mother to their son Barron who she is lived with in New York until he finished the school year – the pair then joined Trump in Washington in June 2017.

She refers to him as “Little Donald” because of his love of wearing a suit and tie.

Despite being viewed as a trophy wife, insiders say she is key part of Team Trump and arguably the most powerful woman on Earth.

The 48-year-old speaks five languages, including: Slovene, English, French, German and Serbian.

And at 5ft 11ins she is one of the tallest First Ladies in history.

After critics slammed her speech at the Republican National Convention when she appeared to copy Michella Obama word for word, Melania now claims she will tackle cyber-bullying.

Republican U.S. president-elect Donald Trump waves at his election night rally in Manhattan, New York
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The pair have one child together, 10-year-old Barron Trump[/caption]

When did Melania marry Donald Trump?

Her best friend at the time, Edit Molnar, said Melania met the 52-year-old Mr Trump at a party at the Kit Kat Club during New York Fashion Week in 1998.

According to Molnar, the model was initially turned off by the billionaire.

Melania said Hes here with a woman. I am absolutely not giving him my number. She wouldnt even consider it, she told the New York Times.

Instead, Donald gave her all of his numbers business and home and she called him when she returned from a modelling trip.

She started dating notorious ladies man Trump following the collapse of his second marriage to Marla Maples.

They married in 2005 at a star-studded bash, which included Bill and Hillary Clinton, at Trumps Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

GQ magazine reports that Melanias Dior wedding dress cost $100,000 and took 550 hours to make.

Her 12-carat diamond wedding ring cost a whopping ?1.5 million.

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Donald Trump kisses his wife as he wins the presidency
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How is she getting on as First Lady?

Along with her son, Barron Trump, Melania has received intense flack from left-wing celebrities who do not agree with Donald Trump’s firebrand manner and hard-line policies.

In particular, Trump’s detractors have laid into her for being absent during public appearances.

Critics have also been keen to seize on her body language which they hope suggests Melania has fallen out her spouse.

But defiantly addressing supporters at the President’s Florida rally, Melania said: I will always stay true to myself and be truthful to you no matter what the opposition is saying about me.

It is my honour and great pleasure to stand here before you as the First Lady of the United States.

The America that we envisioned is one that works for all Americans and where all Americans can work and succeed.

A nation committed to a greater civility and unity between people from all sides of the political divide.”

When she appeared alongside her husband at the G20 summit in Germany, she was unable to leave the building due to chaotic protests.

Melania, Donald and Barron Trump pictured as they all moved in to the White House
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What is Melania Trump’s net worth?

According to NetWorth.com, the 47-year-old is worth an estimated ?7.8million.

In the early days of her romance with Donald, as her fame and modelling career soared, Melania brushed off suggestions she was a gold digger.

The press could be sometimes very mean, she told the Times. But I think you cant be with the person if its not love, if they dont satisfy you.”

Since marrying her billionaire husband, Melania has launched her own jewellery and watch line which she reportedly designs herself.

Photos of the Trump Tower penthouse suite she shared with Donald and Barron give her 900,000 Twitter followers a glimpse into their opulent Manhattan lifestyle.

The Louis XIV-style apartment is adorned with 24-carat gold and marble. There are crystal chandeliers and murals painted on the ceilings.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump attend a campaign event in Washington
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Trump married Melania at a star-studded bash in 2005[/caption]

Does Melania agree with her husband’s politics?

Despite being an immigrant herself, Melania has been supportive of her husband’s tough stance on migrants.

After the Republican Presidential candidate referred to some Mexicans immigrants as “criminals” and “rapists”, the mother-of-one hit back at critics pointing out that Trump was talking about “illegal immigrants”.

The model said she never broke the law while living here on a visa, telling MSNBC: “I follow the law. I never thought to stay here without papers.”

In 2011, when Trump was pushing for President Obama to release his birth certificate, Melania who became an American citizen in 2006 backed up her husband in an interview with Joy Behar.

In one way, it would be very easy if President Obama just show it, she said.

Its not only Donald who wants to see it; its American people who voted for him and who didnt vote for him.

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Melania wearing a coat which has the slogan ‘I really don’t care, do u?’ as she flew to meet migrant children who had been separated from their parents.[/caption]

On June 21, 2018, Melania wore a jacket that read “I really don’t care, do u?” as she boarded a flight to a facility housing migrant children separated from their parents.

The green, hooded military jacket had the words written graffiti-style on the back.

When asked what message the first lady’s jacket intends to send, spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said: “It’s a jacket. There was no hidden message.

After today’s important visit to Texas, I hope the media isn’t going to choose to focus on her wardrobe. ”

Grisham underscored that message in a tweet with the hashtags #SheCares and #ItsJustAJacket.

Melania changed into a pale yellow jacket before the plane landed in McAllen, Texas, for a visit to the Upbring New Hope Children’s Centre, which houses 55 migrant children.

When did Melania Trump undergo kidney surgery?

On May 14, 2018 the White House released statement advising that the First Lady had undergone surgery to treat a benign kidney condition.

An embolization procedure was carried out at Walter Reed Hospital Military Medical Center and was a success.

The statement read; “This morning, First Lady Melania Trump underwent an embolization procedure to treat a benign kidney condition.

“The procedure was successful and there were no complications.

“Mrs Trump is at Walter Reed Hospital Military Medical Center and will likely remain there for the duration of the week.

“The First Lady looks forward to a full recovery so she can continue her work on behalf of children everywhere.”

On June 5, 2018, Melania made her first public appearance in almost a month following the surgery.

She put on a united front with her husband at a reception honouring military families and quickly cleared up any speculation over her whereabouts.

The First Lady tweeted: “I see the media is working overtime speculating where I am & what I’m doing.

Rest assured, I’m here at the @WhiteHouse w my family, feeling great, & working hard on behalf of children & the American people!”

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28. Sophie Gradon dead Love Island star battled anxiety and cash fears00:00[−]

FORMER Love Island star Sophie Gradon killed herself after battling anxiety and cash fears, say pals.

The ex-Miss GB, 32, was found at her parents home near Newcastle.

Tragic Sophie was said to be battling 'anxiety and cash fears'
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Tragic Sophie was said to be battling ‘anxiety and cash fears’[/caption]

Sophie had seemed happier than ever to pals but was secretly plagued with mental health problems.

The former beauty queen, who starred in the 2016 series, appeared to have overcome a previous bout of depression.

But she hid her demons from all but her closest circle and was also left devastated by the recent death of a close friend.

One friend told The Sun last night: We all thought Sophie was the happiest she had ever been.

Sophie, 32, who starred in the 2016 series of Love Island, appeared to have overcome a previous bout of depression
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Sophie, 32, who starred in the 2016 series of Love Island, appeared to have overcome a previous bout of depression[/caption]

Her boyfriend Aaron Armstrong was believed to be  the one and friends thought they would marry
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Her boyfriend Aaron Armstrong was believed to be ‘the one’ and friends thought they would marry[/caption]

She had suffered from depression and anxiety and there was talk of financial issues which obviously adds to the worry she was enduring.

Her friends thought she was in a great place as she was madly in love with her boyfriend and life was good.

However a good friend died and it affected her very badly.

She struggled to cope with it and fell into a dark place.

Sophie was found dead on Wednesday evening at her parents house on a private road in Medburn, just outside Newcastle.

Police said yesterday they were not treating her death as suspicious as friends feared she had taken her own life.

Another said: I just cant believe it. It is so sad.

Sophie was found dead on Wednesday evening at her parents house on a private road in Medburn, just outside Newcastle
Tragic Sophie was found dead on Wednesday evening at her parents house on a private road in Medburn, just outside Newcastle

Sophie had recently messaged them to say everything was going so well but the friend added: That clearly wasnt the case. This is such a massive shock.

Her boyfriend Aaron Armstrong was believed to be the one and friends thought they would marry.

Aaron posted a photo of Sophie with him on Facebook yesterday and wrote: I will never forget that smile I love you so so much baby your my world forever ever and always.

Sophie, who shared Love Islands first lesbian kiss, previously spoke on social media about her mental health issues.

Love Island 'couple'... Sophie Gradon and Tom Powell
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Love Island ‘couple’… Sophie Gradon and Tom Powell[/caption]

Sophie wrote on social media she had 'sold her soul to reality TV'
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Sophie wrote on social media she had ‘sold her soul to reality TV’[/caption]

Soon after she left Love Island in 2016, she tweeted: Anxiety = doing nothing all day but your mind has ran an entire bloody marathon.

In another she said: Feel so guilty when my anxiety takes over, for not wanting to see or speak to anyone. Some days I get so overwhelmed I just want to nap!

She also tweeted last year: Hi guys, no not dead just battling a little bit of depression. Ill come back I promise x.

Sophie had spoken about her mental health struggles in a series of posts on social media
Sophie had spoken about her mental health struggles in a series of posts on social media

But this April she appeared more positive. She wrote: Thinking back to when I became a total recluse, afraid to go out anywhere because of crippling anxiety & how different my life is now!!! Facing up to your fears is sometimes the hardest but most rewarding thing!!!

Sophie, crowned  Miss Great Britain in 2010
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Sophie, crowned Miss Great Britain in 2010[/caption]

Sophie  hid her demons from all but her closest circle  and was also left devastated by the recent death of a close friend
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Sophie hid her demons from all but her closest circle and was also left devastated by the recent death of a close friend[/caption]

Privately educated Sophie last week attended the funeral of close friend Paul Burns a bar owner known as Mr Newcastle who had a heart attack at 37. She later wrote: Thank you for being there when you recognised I needed someone, you are a true saint.

Sophie, crowned Miss Great Britain in 2010, hooked up with Welshman Tom Powell during her time on Love Island. But she later claimed she had sold her soul to reality TV and blasted the show in a series of tweets in 2017.

After appearing in Love Island, Sophie blasted her treatment by the show
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After appearing in Love Island, Sophie blasted her treatment by the show[/caption]

Sophie had appeared to be more positive in tweets posted in April
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Sophie had appeared to be more positive in messages posted in April[/caption]

She wrote: Ill never forget the way I was treated by LI crew at the reunion. Honestly horrendous. They will lie, trick u & segregate you should u speak out against them BUT they provide a therapist for 6mnths after so its ok.

Ex-Geordie Shore star Holly Hagan yesterday urged anyone struggling to speak to someone. She said of Sophie: You were only helping me battle the twitter trolls yesterday. Rest in peace beautiful.

Love Island tweeted: The ITV2 and Love Island team are profoundly saddened to hear the news about Sophie, and our deepest sympathies and thoughts go to her family and friends.

Northumbria Police said: There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding her death. A report will now be prepared for the coroner.


  • IF you are having suicidal thoughts, suffering from anxiety or depression or just want to talk, call The Samaritans on 116 123.

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29. What is The Hideaway in the Love Island villa, what happened with Laura and Wes and which couples visited it last year?., 21 [−]

JUST when you thought this series of Love Island couldn’t get any saucier “The Hideaway” came out to play.

It sounds very intimate – but what exactly is it and who was lucky enough to visit?

Things have been heating up in the villa
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What is the Hideaway on Love Island?

It’s a special secret room where selected Islanders can be intimate away from the prying eyes of their co-contestants.

It’s a welcome break from the massive six-bed shared bedroom the contestants normally sleep in.

The Hideaway is only available on special occasions.

The wannabes have to wait till one of them gets a text from a producer then they have to decide amongst themselves who gets to go in the love den.

The room where everyone wants to be

What happened with Wes and Laura?

The pair shared a steamy smooch in as the first couple to go to the Hideaway.

They’ve been smitten since being linked together from episode one and the rest of the Islanders voted that they should spend a night away from the shared bedroom.

Laura, 29, said: “I’m just looking forward to hugging and snogging.”

The smitten couple were thrilled to get some time alone together

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Which couples visited it in series three?

So far Laura and Wes are the only couple to get to the Hideaway.

But last year Dom Lever and Jess Shears stayed there – they were nominated as it was Jess’s birthday.

Then Kem Cetinay and Amber Davis got down in the lusty room.

Camilla Thurlow also got intimate with Jamie Jewett in there in last year’s series.

Another lucky couple to take advantage of the Hideaway was Montana Brown and Alex Beattie.

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30. Love Island fans left crying with laughter after Wes Nelson sets up the do bits society as the boys reveal whether theyve had sex in the villa., 21 [−]

LOVE Island fans were left crying with laughter as Wes Nelson set up the “do bits society” and the boys revealed whether they’ve had sex in the villa.

Viewers were in hysterics as Wes revealed he’s “done bits” with Laura and formed a club .

Wes Nelson has set up The Do Bits Scoiety
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On Love Island tonight, Wes was having a chat with Laura about “doing bits” in bed and he joked they were in “The Do Bits Society”.

He later brought it up again during a chat with Eyal as they revealed they hadn’t had sex in the villa yet, but they’ve “done bits”.

Wes opened up about how far he’s got with Laura in bed, syingthat he’s “got on top of her” and they have “done bits”.

Eyal confessed he’s also “done bits” with currently partner Megan, and Wes started joking that they are in the “do bits” club.

It was first mentioned during a chat with Laura about their bedroom antics
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The joke continued as he chatted to Josh and managed to get him to join The Do Bits Society.

Wes said: “The Do Bits Society is an open club, we except all genders, sizes, age.

“In order to join it one must have done bits.”

He nibbled a lolly and mulled over the boys’ sex lives in a chat with Eyal
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Eyal is also part of The Do Bits Society
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Viewers flocked to Twitter to laugh at the gag.

One wrote: “Do bits society ??fml #LoveIsland.”

A second tweeted: “Omg Wes is cracking me up, the do bits society ?#loveisland.”

A third wrote: “Are you part of the do bits society??? ???#loveisland.”

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31. What time is Cavan v Down? TV info, team news and odds for All-Ireland Senior Football Championship qualifier., 21 [−]

BREWSTER PARK is the venue for a tough one to call in an All-Ireland SFC second round qualifier.

Cavan are on a high after beating Wicklow in the first round – while Down are still licking their wounds from an Ulster semi-final defeat to Donegal this month.

Cavan take on Down this weekend
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Here’s all you need to know ahead of the match.

What time is it on at?

THIS qualifier throws in at 5pm at Brewster Park.

Is it on TV?

UNFORTUNATELY, this one is not being shown live on the television.

RT? will have highlight coverage on their Sunday Game programme at 9:30pm on RT? 2 on Sunday night.

Team News

DOWN: Shane Harrison, Ryan McAleenan, Brendan McArdle, Anthony Doherty, Darren O’Hagan, Niall McParland, Caolan Mooney, Peter Turley, Niall Donnelly, Ronan Millar, Kevin McKernan, Conor Maginn, Sean Dornan, Connaire Harrison, Shay Millar

Cavan’s starting 15 will appear here when announced.

What are the odds?

CAVAN are the favourites fro this second round clash going off at 1/3.

Down are 3/1 to take the spoils – while the draw will get you 15/2.

Down are hoping to bounce back from their disappointing Ulster semi-final defeat to Donegal
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Super Eights Explained

The four provincial champions make the last eight of the All-Ireland Championship and are joined there by the four teams that successfully come through Round 4 of the qualifiers (contested between provincial runners-up and Round 3 winners in qualifiers).

But with the new Super 8 system, these eight teams will split into two round-robin groups of four.

Each team plays the other three teams in their group once and every team plays one home fixture, one away fixture, and one of the Super 8 games at Croke Park.

If Dublin reach this phase, they will play twice at GAA HQ and only once away from home.


32. Liam Smith gets world title shot and will fight Jaime Munguia for his old belt., 21 [−]

LIAM SMITH has sealed a world title shot against WBO super-welterweight champ Jaime Munguia.

It will be a chance for the Liverpool boxer to reclaim the title he lost after he was stopped by Canelo Alvarez back in September 2016.

Liam Smith is ready to go to war again and reclaim a belt he famously wore around his own waist two years ago
Liam Smith is ready to go to war again and reclaim a belt he famously wore around his own waist two years ago
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Smith was forced to pull out of a fight for the belt against Sadam Ali on May 12 after suffering from a skin condition.

Munguia took his place for that fight, and battered Ali with a fourth round stoppage.

But now Smith has got his chance to bag the coveted belt – but it certainly won’t come easy.

Munguia has won all of his 29 fights, stopping 25 opponents on the way.

Will Liam Smith be raising his hands in triumph on July 21 when he challenges Jaime Munguia for the world title at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas
Will Liam Smith be raising his hands in triumph on July 21 when he challenges Jaime Munguia for the world title at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas
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Liam Smith bounced back from the defeat to Canelo by defeating Liam Williams twice
Liam Smith bounced back from the defeat to Canelo by defeating Liam Williams twice
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Smith’s promoter Frank Warren told Boxing News: That fights on.

Its a tough fight. This guy, hes the next big thing for them. Hes a big puncher, theres no doubt about that.

“But as I always said, in boxing its not just about whos the biggest puncher.

The Hard Rock casino in Las Vegas will host the fight on July 21.

SunSport reported how an allergic reaction cut short Smith’s world title aspirations back in April.

Speaking at the time the Scouser said: “I’m bitterly disappointed that I have been forced to postpone my fight with Sadam Ali to a later date.

A recent illness has severely impacted on my training schedule, leaving me with no choice but to postpone the May 12 date.”

But now he has a new date of destiny, and will be hoping to bring that world title back to a famous boxing family.

He is the bother of Paul, who retired this week, and also middleweight world title challenger Callum and Stephen.

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33. Argentina shambles blasted by Eamon Dunphy and RT? panel after Croatia World Cup humiliation., 21 [−]

ARGENTINA were labelled a ‘shambles’ by RT? pundit Eamon Dunphy after Croatia hammered Jorge Sampaoli’s side and put them on the brink of elimination from Group D.

A shocking fluffed clearance from Chelsea keeper Willy Caballero handed them a first World Cup group match defeat since losing to England 2002.

Caballero couldn't believe he'd pulled off the error of the tournament so far
Willy Caballero had a shocker in the Argentine goal
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Luka Modric’s long-range stunner put Croatia in firm control and Ivan Rakitic rubbed salt in Argentina’s gaping wounds late on.

Dunphy, Liam Brady and Damien Duff were in the studio for a grim post-mortem after the heavy defeat.

Outspoken Dunphy said: “It’s a bad night for Argentina, it’s not the first they’ve had.

“They left players on the bench, Dybala in particular, one of the best young players in Europe playing for Juventus…Di Maria, another top player, not on the pitch.

Eamon Dunphy labelled it a ‘shambles’
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“The coach, Sampaoli, coached Chile to win the Copa America in 2016. He has a track record but that was a shambles.

“Caballero, we’ve seen him and we’ve seen at Manchester City, this messing around at the back.

“He did it in the first half and got away with it and then they give a goal away.

“The person I feel most sorry for is Lionel Messi.

“They’re a poor team. They were made poorer by the management selection to start the game.”

Dunphy agreed with Brady’s prediction that Croatia should be considered dark-horses to go all the way in Russia.

Lionel Messi was once again dealt heartache as his Argentina side were spanked by Croatia
Lionel Messi was once again dealt heartache as his Argentina side were spanked by Croatia
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Tonight’s 3-0 triumph made it two convincing wins from their first two games after they brushed Nigeria aside with a straightforward 2-0 victory in their opener.

Dunphy said: “Croatia are a good team and Liam was right to say before the match started that they were dark horses for the tournament.

“When you look at Germany, Brazil, the giants like Spain struggling to beat Iran last night…I think Liam is spot on.”

Brady reckoned that highly-rated boss Sampaoli would have to take a big share of the blame for an inept performance.

He said: “He (Sampaoli) has good players up front but he never seems to be able to find a position for them.

“The guys in behind in midfield like Mascherano, playing against Modric. It was a very bad player playing against a great player.

“They didn’t seem to have anybody to get the forwards into the game. If they had a player like Luka Modric in their side it could change things completely.

“Looking at Otamendi again, the indiscipline…what summed up Argentina today was the indiscipline of everybody.

“Even the coach looks an indisciplined guy – he doesn’t know what he wants.

“They lose their heads Argentina, there’s no cool minds in there. I feel sorry for Messi because he looked a lost soul out there today.”

Barcelona superstar Messi looked like a man under pressure before kick-off and Brady felt the weight of expectation was too much, even for one of the game’s greats.

He added: “I think the pressure is just too much for the guy.

“At Barcelona, he’s at ease, he’s at ease with the way they play, he’s at ease with his team-mates.

“He’s in a comfort zone at Barcelona and has been absolutely magnificent year-in, year-out.

“For Argentina he looks like he’s carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders.”

Damien Duff’s assessment did not offer much hope for Argentina as they chase an unlikely qualification spot against Nigeria, while relying on other results to go their way.

He said: “When you think of Argentina you think of a total footballing team, whereas they couldn’t string five, ten passes together.

“I just look at the squad and the starting 11 tonight is poor, it’s very poor.”


34. Kylie Minogue chats turning 50, her career and says dont rule out a wedding just yet., 21 [−]

MOST people turn 50 with a certain degree of trepidation or even dread but Kylie Minogue has never been most people.

The Princess of Pop has bounced back from a heartbreak- induced breakdown, found a new love and now concedes she may have been a little too hasty ruling out marriage.

Kylie's performance for News UK at the Cannes Lions festival in the South of France
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Kylie’s performance for News UK at the Cannes Lions festival in the South of France[/caption]

Kylie wowed the crowd in with her performance in Cannes
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Kylie wowed the crowd in with her performance in Cannes[/caption]

Speaking for the first time since hitting the milestone, Kylie admits she does feel different as a 50-year-old.

In an exclusive interview at a Sun-backed concert in Cannes, she says honestly: I do, do. Its been looming.

Yes, Im more content. Some things have started to make sense. I mean, you accept it or you dont. And I think the best way to accept it is with open arms.

I say yes or no much quicker than I used to, which is probably good for everyone else as well.

Kylie spoke exclusively to Executive Editor Dan Wootton
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Kylie spoke exclusively to Executive Editor Dan Wootton[/caption]

I suggest a large part of that happiness may be down to her three-month relationship with Paul Solomons, GQ magazines creative director her first relationship since that heartbreaking split from ex-fiance Joshua Sasse. With a wave of happiness breaking over her face, Kylie answers: Im so happy to be back on terra firma in that sense.

So yeah, lifes, I wont say a little bit, Ill say a lot, better. Lifes great. Take that as you wish.

Kylie made headlines earlier this year when she suggested she would most likely never marry so I wonder if her new relationship and watching the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle changed her mind at all.

She says: I love a wedding, of course. I thought it was stunning.

Kylie has found happiness with Paul Solomons
Kylie has found happiness with Paul Solomons
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Kylie with love rat ex Joshua Sasse
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Kylie with love rat ex Joshua Sasse[/caption]

I mean, I had bunting up, I had the works. I really got into it, I loved it and thought it was beautiful. Everything was considered really well, with a great outcome.

Also, I love a far more low-fi wedding. Its a lovely thing. If its the right thing, its a lovely thing.

And when I push her on the matter of her own decision to publicly rule out tying the knot, Kylie softens her stance. She says: Like, I might, I might not. I did say, Maybe its not for me. But the other half is maybe. I dont know.

Dan says: 'This is the first time in a long while Ive seen Kylie  one of my all-time favourite pop stars  this happy'
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Dan says: ‘This is the first time in a long while Ive seen Kylie one of my all-time favourite pop stars this happy’[/caption]

Referring to love rat ex Sasse, she says: It wasnt in that last scenario. But who knows? I dont know.

The thing Ive said for years and years, even when I was probably doing press at 21 years old, is that I think Ill have a family I dont know if Ill ever get married, though.

Its weird. Ive done neither.

This is the first time in a long while Ive seen Kylie one of my all-time favourite pop stars this happy.

Its clear she has embraced turning 50 and the small matter of being in love again has made a striking difference to her state of mind.

Were talking before her sensational performance at the Cannes Lions festival in the South of France.

Kylie says life is a 'lot better' right now
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Kylie says life is a ‘lot better’ right now[/caption]

Its 29C and Im struggling, but the Aussie superstar is not bothered. Horses sweat, men perspire and women glow, dont you know that Dan? she teases.

Evidence of Kylies new confidence was her decision to celebrate hitting the big Five Zero in the most public way possible, with an A-list bash in London last month. She says: My 50th birthday was so beautiful. I dont really do parties. I especially dont do big parties, its too stressful. I just like to keep it small and easy.

But no, we just decided to go for it. Great music, great people, great cocktails not that I got to have one because I was busy talking, hugging, and barely got a glass to my lips.

I got so many messages afterwards from people. Beyond saying, thanks for the party, they said, If we could bottle that atmosphere…?

Kylie Minogue celebrated turning 50 by treating fans with a cheeky snap of her posing nude
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Kylie Minogue celebrated turning 50 by treating fans with a cheeky snap of her posing nude[/caption]

Thats just love and friendship and joy. It was just really amazing.

Kylies tight-knit team also arranged some epic surprises on the night.

Revealing how she had to fight back tears at seeing her sister Dannii on screen, Kylie recalls: The ones that really got me were my sister and brother, about halfway through, and Im thinking, Dont go, dont go!

She was also blown away by a personal message from idol Dolly Parton, revealing: I screamed. I have no idea what she said because I was screaming and swearing in the other direction. And then I would have thought thats it and it finished with a message from The Muppets.

Kylie still going strong in a career that stretches back to her Neighbours debut in 1986
Kylie still going strong in a career that stretches back to her Neighbours debut in 1986
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Kylie had to fight back tears at seeing her sister Dannii on screen during her 50th birthday party
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Kylie had to fight back tears at seeing her sister Dannii on screen during her 50th birthday party[/caption]

When Rick Astley jumped on stage and then Jake Shears put a fork in me, Im done. It was brilliant. The night also featured an unbelievable Neighbours reunion between Kylie, Guy Pearce and Jason Donovan but no Annie Jones, who recently created headlines by returning to the Aussie soap in the iconic role of Plain Jane. Kylie says: Yeah, no Plain Jane, but so much happened. I think I was on Cloud Nine for an entire week.

I honestly couldnt have had a more lovely night. It only would have been lovelier if my family had been there they couldnt make it.

But there were so many people who were like family to me, it felt like they were there.

I really got into it and loved it. it was beautiful.

Jason Donovan led the guest list at Kylie Minogue's 50th birthday party
Jason Donovan led the guest list at Kylie Minogue’s 50th birthday party
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Former Neighbours co-star Guy Pearce was also there for the reunion
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Former Neighbours co-star Guy Pearce was also there for the reunion[/caption]

Kylie has also had professional reason to celebrate, with her country-inspired, highly emotional new album Golden featuring the most honest lyrics of her career seeing her return to the top of the charts for the first time in eight years.

The relief of that success is palpable, with the usually balanced star admitting I lost my mind when she heard the news.

She says: I was totally elated and relieved and the gravity and importance of it started to hit me.

It could have been a different story if Id done things differently. If it had, I would find it really hard to imagine going to the next album. Im not saving the planet but, you know, it takes a bit of courage to face that and take that on again.

I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY/UNLUCKY ...THE UPS AND DOWNS OF KYLIE

1986 Lands part in Aussie soap Neighbours and her marriage to co-star Jason

Donovan, whom she dated in real life, was watched by 20million viewers in the UK

1987 Became a pop sensation courtesy of her 1987 No1 I Should Be So Lucky –

a song written and produced by Stock Aitken Waterman

1991 Kylie split from INXS rocker Michael Hutchence after dating for three

years. They remained pals until he died in 1997.

1994 Tried her hand at movies appearing in 1994 blockbuster alongside

Jean-Claude Van Damme

2000 Became a certified disco diva thanks to her track Spinning Around,

made famous by her wearing gold hotpants in the music video

2001 Kylie secured her biggest hit of her career Cant Get You Out Of My

Head, selling over five million copies. It was No1 in the UK for four

weeks.

2005 Kylie was diagnosed with breast cancer aged just 35. Her illness

resulted in her postponing headlining Glastonbury

2009 Hosted the Brit Awards alongside James Corden and Mathew Horne with

her career back on track following her battle with cancer

2013 Hired as a Coach on BBC show The Voice, her biggest UK telly gig

2017 Splits from British fiance and actor Joshus Sasse after three years of dating

2018 Makes comeback with new country/pop fusion album Golden

People really relating to the lyrics and really appreciating them, and letting me know how they work with their lives and their stories Im so, so touched by that. Its really, really amazing.

Theres a more serious side to Kylies new approach to life in her 50th year.

Despite how emotionally wrenching it is for her, shes starting to open up about her battle with breast cancer in 2005.

Before flying to Cannes, she teamed up with Prince William for a Royal Marsden NHS Foundation event at Buckingham Palace.

Visibly shaken while talking about the event, she says: Well, I just stopped myself before getting too emotional because, if I talk about that time and really think about it, even now I go to a different place.

It was a very emotional night and I was so honoured to be there for that cause and I was so nervous and overwhelmed being at Buckingham Palace and in the room where they have investitures.

Kylie admits how difficult it has been to open up about her own cancer battle, which turned her perfect life upside down 13 years ago, just weeks before she was due to headline Glastonbury.

She says: After you have your own story and your own experience, the amount of heart youre doing it with is more.

Dan with a glowing Kylie ahead of her concert appearance in Cannes
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Dan with a glowing Kylie ahead of her concert appearance in Cannes[/caption]

Now Im giving as much as I can, and I just said continued research is really important and Im testament to research that has gone before. It was lovely and nerve-wracking.

Kylie is a shining example for the many women still being diagnosed with the disease, of a survivor who returned to live a full life.

She nods then says sombrely: It did strike me that Im there in a beautiful dress and a lovely band and lifes great. And I said something like, Unfortunately people somewhere right now are being diagnosed.

I was that person in a hospital bed. I was that person dependent on family and friends, and research and medical teams as well. I just really brought it home and then I had to sing a few more songs, so I pulled myself back together.

And thats why we love Kylie. Shes the pop princess with a heart, who can still, these days, be so afraid to show her vulnerability publicly.

So with her trademark positivity, she adds: I honestly feel like the luckiest girl.

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35. Formula One ace Lewis Hamilton has teamed up with Jess Glynne on new music., 21 [−]

LEWIS Hamilton is usually in the driving seat . . . but when it comes to steering a path to pop glory hes happy to take a back seat.

The four-time Formula 1 champ has teamed up with mega-successful Jess Glynne for his own records, which he has been quietly working on for years.

Lewis Hamilton and Jess Glynne were spotted hanging out after Jess posted this picture to her Snapchat account
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In an exclusive interview, she said: I do know Lewis, hes cool, hes so lovely.

We talk every now and then and hes a really cool guy. I have been in the studio doing some music with him actually. He loves music and hes a really talented guy in all walks of life.

I know hes really into doing his own thing musically though. And I know when he does release stuff youll be in for a treat. I performed at one of the Formula 1 gigs and thats how we became friends.

Last week Jess beat her own chart record for the most UK No 1s from a British female when Ill Be There hit the top spot. So Lewis couldnt hope for a better mentor.

Lewis is well known for his skills on racing tracks but fans will be eager to know how talented he is on musical tracks
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Lewis is in good hands as Jess is an incredibly talented UK artist
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But Jess isnt the first famous face the racing driver has collaborated with, having also been in the studio with Frank Ocean, Drake and Tinie Tempah.

And after making tunes with Rudimental and Clean Bandit, Jess is now looking towards the next generation for someone else to work with. The singer, who plays summer shows at Audley End House & Gardens in Essex on July 14 and Bedford Park on August 4 is keen to meet Victoria and David Beckhams son Cruz after he followed her on Instagram.

She explained: Cruz Beckham follows me, its so cool. Hes the cute little kid with the freckles. Id love to work with him, I love the Beckhams. Id love to offer my advice and words to help him.

Perhaps she could give Victoria a helping hand on that on/off Spice Girls reunion, too.

bizbit

Selena Gomez is starring in a short horror film that will debut on Instagrams new TV platform.

The singer has teamed up again with her pal and collaborator, Canadian filmmaker Petra Collins, for the short titled A Love Story.

James puts kids before bash

HE is one of the best connected men in the business, with A-list friends worldwide.

James and our very own Simon Boyle spent some time chatting about his life as a famous TV show host in the USA

But James Corden has shunned the prospect of a lavish 40th birthday bash when he hits the milestone this summer.

I caught up with the former Gavin & Stacey star turned US chat show supremo as he filmed a special run of his Late Late Show from London, where he insisted he has no plans to celebrate.

After becoming one of the worlds biggest stars which he juggles with being a dad of three including a young baby he hasnt got time to be throwing parties. He jokes with me: A third one is hard. Its like youre already swimming in the ocean then somebody throws you a baby to juggle.

But its great fun too, and in the end thats what its all about. Its about who is going to be around your Christmas table in 20 years time. Its a lot of effort, but you get back what you put in. The special series of London shows saw guests including Foo Fighters, Orlando Bloom and Cher join the comic with Sir Paul McCartney appearing as his Carpool Karaoke sketch guest.

James and his other half, Julia Carey, were spotted at the Royal Wedding last month
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And James revealed hed love to take the show on the road again, even touring cities across the UK, but admits it would be a nightmare to plan.

He adds: Its something Id love to do but the problem is getting the guests. Its not easy to convince big stars to travel to far flung places. James also had his say on my Foo Fighters special yesterday, which revealed how hed faced an awkward clash with the band after guitarist Pat Smear admitted he had not enjoyed taking part in Carpool Karaoke. He quipped: Yeah, I saw it we were talking about it earlier. One of the guys joked that we had beef to sort out, but we had a good laugh about it afterwards.

The last of Jamess UK specials airs on Sky One tonight .

Tom is no bore on tour

RISING star Tom Walker is unimpressed with the trend of superstars going teetotal on tour.

Tom Walker has slammed other British male aritsts for being too boring
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The Scottish-born singer has vowed to keep plenty of booze on his rider for his 150 gigs this year, branding Sam Smith and George Ezras clean-living approach a bore.

Tom whose song Leave A Light On broke into the Top 5 this week said: I feel theres a lot of people like Sam Smith and George who are on the road not drinking this year.

I tried it for one tour and it was well boring. When I first started this about two years ago, when I got signed, there was a run of festivals so I got wrecked at every one, eight in a row. By the end of the summer I was exhausted but youve got to make the best of it when youre out on the road.

Tom saw his massive success boosted after his song featured on a Sony TV advert and an episode of this years Love Island.

Tom has suggested that stars like Sam Smith and George Ezra dont drink whilst on tour
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He adds: Theyve played like six of my tunes now on Love Island over the last few seasons. I watch it occasionally but were always on the road.
Toms touching tunes are clearly getting the contestants in the mood.

Call me Mabel

SELENA Gomez is starring in a short horror film that will debut on Instagrams new TV platform.

Mabel looks stunning in these stills from her new music video
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The brunette songstress had her hair tied up into a high ponytail
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The video is expected to be released very soon
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The singer has teamed up again with her pal and collaborator, Canadian filmmaker Petra Collins, for the short titled A Love Story.

Macca not a-mused by kan pic fix

SIR Paul McCartney has revealed Kanye West could not stop looking at pictures of wife Kim when they were meant to be writing the tune FourFiveSeconds. Macca said: I was tootling around on guitar and Kanye spent a lot of time just looking at pictures of Kim on his computer.

Paul was confused when he saw Kanye staring at pictures of Kim
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Im thinking, Are we ever gonna get around to writing?

But it turns out he WAS writing. Thats his muse.

They spent two or three afternoons penning the track in bungalows in the grounds of a Beverly Hills hotel.

The Beatles legend added: He was listening to this riff I was doing and obviously he knew he could use that.

Rihanna ended up singing on the track too
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So he took it and sped it up, then somehow he got Rihanna to sing on it.

On Wednesday, Sir Paul unveiled Egypt Station, his first full new album in five years. Due out on September 7, it was surely written in more traditional fashion than his hook-up with Kanye.

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Lucasfilm has put all the upcoming Star Wars spin-off movies on hold after the disappointing box office performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story.

The studio is instead focusing on completing next years Episode IX.

Demi not sober

DEMI Lovato sings about no longer being sober in a new single just three months after celebrating six years being clean of drink and drugs.
Demi has been very vocal about her battle with alcohol and drugs
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The singer, who has bipolar disorder and went to rehab in 2010, released Sober yesterday and tweeted the song with the caption: My truth. On Sober, she sings: Mama, Im so sorry Im not sober any more, and Daddy please forgive me for the drinks spilled on the floor.
To the ones who never left me, weve been down this road before. Im so sorry, Im not sober any more.
She is brave for speaking out.
I hope shes getting all the help she needs.

Kim back in Paris

KIM Kardashian was back in the French capital yesterday for the first time since falling victim to a terrifying robbery there two years ago.

The reality star was pictured at Paris Fashion Week.

Kim looked stunning in blue as she posed outside the Louis Vuitton Menswear show
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She also took time to take a photo with former supermodel Naomi Campbell
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It marked her and husband Kanye Wests return to the city after Kim was held at gunpoint by robbers who escaped with jewellery worth?7.5million plus two phones.

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BEBE Rexhahas finally given fans what they have been waiting for. Her debut album Expectations has been released at long last after years of teasing.

It features her monster hit with Florida Georgia Line Meant To Be as well as last years I Got You.

Bebe fans will be excited about the release of the star’s debut album
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US comic Pete Davidson has confirmed his engagement to Ariana Grande, telling Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show he feels like hes won a contest.

The Saturday Night Live star has moved into a ?12million New York pad with Ariana, who he began dating just last month.

The pair have only been together for just over a month, reports suggest
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ZOEY Deutch wasnt impressed by James Francos snogging. The actress locked lips with James in their 2016 comedy Why Him?

but she described his kissing style as meh before noting his breath was not good. With all those millions, youd think he could afford a toothbrush.

Zoe wasn’t impressed with James Franco’s snogging
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GORGON Citys Matt Robson-Scott says the death of Avicii sparked a culture change in dance music over mental health, with stars speaking out more. Matt, who works with music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins and Bulldog Gin, said: People have been a lot more vocal even if its just talking online or at clubs or festivals.

A lot of people have come up with advice like, Dont overdo it.

Avicii’s death has got more musicians talking about mental health
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36. Kate Spades heartbroken dad Frank dead at 89 the night before his daughters funeral two weeks after she took her own life., 21 [−]

FASHION designer Kate Spade’s dad Frank Brosnahan has died, aged 89, just two weeks after she committed suicide.

The tragedy comes as her friends and family gathered for the funeral of the 55-year-old in Kansas City today.

Frank Brosnahan was said to be heartbroken after Kate’s death
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In a statement, the family confirmed that Earl F. Brosnahan – known as Frank – passed away on Wednesday night.

It read: “He had been in failing health of late and was heartbroken over the recent death of his beloved daughter.

“He was at home and surrounded by family at the time of his passing.”

Designer Kate Spade took her own life on June 5 at her New York City home, leaving behind her 13-year-old daughter.

Designer Kate Spade was found dead on June 5 in New York City
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The designer suffered anxiety and depression for almost a decade and was regularly seen by a doctor to manage the condition.

Speaking to the Kansas City Star the day after her death, Frank said he was aware his daughter had been battling mental health conditions.

He said: “She’d been taking some pills, which I advised her not to take.”

Kate’s funeral took place in Kansas City, where she was born, with services held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Redemptorist Church.

It is the same church where Kate’s grandparents were married.

Frank Brosnahan is seen on his birthday in an Instagram picture shared by his granddaughter Rachel Bronsahan
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Priests arrive for the funeral of Kate Spade in Kansas City on Thursday[/caption]

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Actor David Spade, Kate’s brother-in-law, is seen at the church[/caption]

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Mourners braved the wet and windy conditions as they arrived at the church in Kansas City[/caption]

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Kate’s ashes are carried into the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Redemptorist Church in her hometown of Kansas City[/caption]

Celebrity fans of Kate’s designs included Kate Middleton, Kerry Washington, Sasha Obama and Mischa Barton, and her net worth in 2018 was ?111.8million ($150million).

She met her husband Andy when the pair were just students, while working in a men’s clothing store in Phoenix, Arizona.

In 1993, they founded fashion and lifestyle brands Kate Spade New York, and a year later they married.

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Kate and her husband Andy in happier times – the pair were said to be having marital trouble at the time of her death[/caption]

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Kate committed suicide at her New York City home on June 5[/caption]

Two years later, she had her own stand-alone store in New York City, with Kate Spade & Co worth ?1.12million ($1.5million).

Kate sold 56 per cent of her brand in 1999 for ?25million ($33.6million) and the remainder in 2006 for a reported ?44million ($59million).

The Kate Spade brand is now owned by Coach parent company Tapestry.


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37. Coronation Street fans in shock as its revealed new girl Kayla Westbrooks dad is Bethany Platts rapist Neil Clifton., 21 [−]

CORONATION Street fans have been left shocked after it was revealed new girl Kayla Westbrook’s dad is Neil Clifton who groomed and raped Bethany Platt.

Viewers were left reeling over the shocking news in tonight’s episode that the convicted policeman’s daughter has been secretly befriending his victim.

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Coronation Street viewers were left shocked after it was revealed Kayla’s dad is rapist Neil Clifton
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Soap fans saw Kayla, played by Mollie Winnard, run a quick errand to the local prison, before her date with Craig Tinker, played by Colson Smith.

Viewers were then shown the back of a man sitting down to greet her in the meeting area.

Kayla smiled and said: “Hi dad.”

The camera then panned to her father’s face, revealing it was Neil who was previously seen being put behind bars for abusing Bethany as part of a horrifying sex-grooming ring.

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Kayla was seen visiting to the prison to visit her father in tonight’s episode
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Those watching at home rushed to Twitter to share their shock at the unexpected plot twist.

One wrote: “As if Kayla is Neil’s daughter”

Another commented: “Oh oh! Neil is Kayla’s dad! @itvcorrie @molliewinnard

A third shared: “OMG Kayla is Neil’s daughter”

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Kayla has been growing closer to Bethany Platt who has been encouraging her to date Craig Tinker
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After visiting her dad Kayla was seen asking about Bethany on her date with Craig<span style="font-size: 16px">: “</span>
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Referring to her dad’s beaten up face, a concerned Kayla asked: “How are you doing dad?”

He encouraged his daughter to move on with her life and go to university.

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Neil was previously convicted for being part of the sex-grooming ring who abused Bethany
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The policeman raped Bethany during shocking scenes broadcast last year
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Kayla told him that Bethany, played by Lucy Fallon, had worked at a lap dancing bar which caused Neil to lean in with interested.

Later on she was seen quizzing Craig about Bethany during their date.

The cobbles newbie revealed to him that she knew his ex-girlfriend was the victim in the recent grooming case he had given evidence at.

In May last year viewers were left horrified when it was revealed one of Bethany’s rapists was the policeman.

Fans of the long running ITV show felt their stomachs churn as Neil who had previously appeared on the soap to rape Bethany returned to screens in police uniform.

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38. Sophie Gradon dead Love Island star revealed online trolls made her life hell in haunting final interview before her death., 21 [−]

SOPHIE Gradon admitted online trolls made her life hell in a chilling final interview before her death.

The Love Island star, who was found dead at her parents’ home near Newcastle last night aged 32, said the online bullying had been horrific.

Sophie had been named Miss Newcastle before taking out the crown for Miss Great Britain
Sophie had been named Miss Newcastle before taking out the crown for Miss Great Britain
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Sophie was speaking to Radio Aire alongside Love Island star Zara Holland about the effect trolls had on them after leaving the ITV2 show.

Talking to the radio station just three months ago, Sophie said: It was horrific. I think when you get so many comments on the scale we did coming out of thousands of followers.

There are fans and positive comments but people would focus on the negatives. Sometimes I would look for it.

There would be so many negative comments. They are commenting on the way you look, the way you talk. They would come up with an opinion of you on a TV show where theyve watched you for 45 minutes.

Voice of Love Island's Tribute

Love Island’s host Iain Stirling today paid tribute to tragic star Sophie Gradon as he remembered the moment she stood up for women who chose to have sex while on the show.

The Scottish presenter tweeted: “This will forever remain on of my favourite Love Island moments. Dearest Sophie, I truly hope you are now at peace. Stay shapey x”.

He added a clip of the memorable moment below.

Sophie wrote on social media she had sold her soul to reality TV
Sophie wrote on social media she had ‘sold her soul to reality TV’
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And youve probably only be on ten minutes and its cut down from 24 hours. It was very hard to deal with because you take it like youre being judged. It can really get into your mind and really affect you.

The harsh reality is, it can end up with that person taking their own life. And as youve seen in the media, that is what happens. Can you imagine being responsible for that?

Zara backed Sophie up and added: People just know me on as the girl on Love Island who lost her crown.

Trolls are horrible and cyber bullies are horrible. When you put yourself in that situation its hard not to look.

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It comes as Sophie’s family has been left devastated by her death, with a source close to the family telling The Sun Online: “Social media has a lot to answer for. She had the world at her feet but was so unhappy.

“Her parents are in turmoil. Their world is broken in two.”

The 32-year-old, who claimed she had “sold her soul to reality TV”, had frequently shared messages on social media about her mental health struggles.

Writing to a fan last year, she tweeted: “Hi guys, no not dead just battling a little bit of depression. I’ll come back I promise x”.

She added in October: “Feel so guilty when my anxiety takes over, for not wanting to see or speak to anyone. Some days I get so overwhelmed I just want to nap!”

Close pals have since revealed the reality star had been struggling to cope after the death of her friend Paul Burns, whose funeral she attended last week.

Boyfriend Aaron Armstrong shared a tribute to Sophie, saying he would never forget her
Boyfriend Aaron Armstrong shared a tribute to Sophie, saying he would never forget her
Friends described Sophie as a beautiful little angel
Friends described Sophie as a beautiful little angel
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A close friend told The Sun Online: “She had been privately struggling with depression but close friends thought she was in a great place as she was madly in love with her boyfriend and life was good.

“However her good friend Paul Burns died and it affected her very badly.

“She struggled to cope with it and fell into a dark place.”

The close friend added Sophie was “daft as a brush but loved by all”, saying: “She was a loving and loyal friend who wouldn’t hurt a soul.”

Sophie had written how she was battling depression just last year
Sophie had written how she was battling depression just last year
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Sophie said the battle with anxiety had left her exhausted
Sophie said the battle with anxiety had left her exhausted
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Sophie had been open about her struggles with depression, with a friend saying she had struggled after attending the funeral of friend Paul Burns
Sophie had been open about her struggles with depression, with a friend saying she had struggled after attending the funeral of friend Paul Burns
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Sophie herself had said life was looking up, in April writing: “Thinking back to when I became a total recluse, afraid to go out anywhere bc of crippling anxiety & how different my life is now!!! Facing up to your fears is sometimes the hardest but most rewarding thing!!!”

But friends have been left reeling from her death, with devastated boyfriend Aaron Armstrong writing in a tribute to Sophie: “I will never forget that smile.”

He added: “I love you so much baby you’re my world forever and always”.

Among those to pay tribute to Sophie was her ex Tom Powell, who revealed he had spoken to the former model just two weeks ago.

Sophie had earlier this year said life was looking up after struggling with 'crippling anxiety'
Sophie had earlier this year said life was looking up after struggling with ‘crippling anxiety’
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Sophie spoke about her mental health
Sophie spoke about her mental health
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Friends said Sophie had struggled after the loss of friend Paul Burns
Friends said Sophie had struggled after the loss of friend Paul Burns
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The reality star told The Sun Online: “Her closest friend called me this morning. Its just shock. I didnt know what to say first. I worried I was rude because I just didnt understand.

“Its not sunk in and it wont be a long while.”

He said the pair had struggled after their public break up but had become close friends after apologising to each other for their “childish” behaviour.

Devastated Tom recalled: “I last spoke to Sophie two weeks ago.

“We Facetime regularly, we speak regularly. We had a crap break up but after six months we spoke and apologised to each other for being childish. We were close again.”

Speaking about their strong bond, Tom added: “We went through a lot together and no one can really understand want youve gone through on Love Island so we always had each other on that.

“Sophie was so loyal, I always had time for her. ”

Sophie had been open about her battle with anxiety in the months before her death
Sophie had been open about her battle with anxiety in the months before her death
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Sophie made history on Love Island when she became one half of the show's first same-sex couple after coupling up with Katie Salmon
Sophie made history on Love Island when she became one half of the show’s first same-sex couple after coupling up with Katie Salmon
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He said he had known Sophie took anxiety medication, including before and during her time on the ITV2 reality show.

He said: “She was on medication throughout Love Island she took her anxiety medication every morning before we started filming. She always had it.”

But he hit back at claims contestants from the show had not supported them after filming finished.

Tom revealed: “The show was crazy but they took care of us.

“Anyone who says otherwise is talking bulls***.

“This morning Love Island called me and said I could call the psychologist who works for the show.

“They gave her new number. He was one of the first person to speak to us.

“After you leave the show you speak to the psychologist and you were always checking in with her. We had a lot of care after the show. They took great care of us.”

Sophie Gradon was just 32-years-old when she was found dead last night
Sophie Gradon was just 32-years-old when she was found dead last night
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Sophie shared this picture of her late friend Paul Burns just last week

Ex and fellow Love Island star Katie Salmon also was among those left devastated by Sophie’s death.

Katie wrote on social media: “Isn’t it crazy how someone so stunning, so smiley and appeared so happy can feel [like there is] no way out.

“The world we live in behind social media.

“I urge everyone to be kind to every person they meet and speak with on social media and in person a simple smile, a simple nice comment can make a difference.

“You really don’t know the battles they go through every single day. The world has failed you beautiful.

“I’m heartbroken for you Soph to have felt this pain.”

MALIN SPEAKS OUT Love Islands Malin Andersson blames the show for Sophie Gradons death as she claims theres not enough after care

MALIN Andersson has lashed out at Love Island bosses and called for tonights episode not to air following the news of Sophie Gradons death.

As Sophies friends inundated her social media account with tributes, Malin said there should be more aftercare once the show is over.

She added: Try going on a show like that and see what it can POTENTIALLY do to your mental health after.

She told her 250,000 Twitter followers: “Im so distraught. All our memories in Love Island and after. Beautiful girl. Please rest in peace now.

MENTAL HEALTH IS SERIOUS. LOOK AFTER EACH AND EVERYONE! NOT ENOUGH AFTER CARE @LoveIsland . IT SHOULD NOT AIR TONIGHT.

But speaking to the Sun Online, Sophie’s ex-boyfriend Tom Powell said the show’s bosses had offered support to all the cast after they left.

He said: The show was crazy. But they took care of us. Anyone who says otherwise is talking bulls**t. This morning Love Island called me and said I could call the psychologist who works for the show. They gave her new number. He was one of the first person to speak to us.

After you leave the show you speak to the psychologist and you were always checking in with her.

We had a lot of care after the show. They took great care of us.

Sophie had recently started dating Aaron Armstrong, with the pair sharing loved-up snaps of them holidaying in Southern France together.

The couple had even shared photos enjoying a meal together on Sunday, with the couple having previously hinted they would marry.

Sophie had also been tweeting Towie’s Mario Falcone about this year’s Love Island just hours before her sudden death.

A police spokesman today said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: At about 8.27pm yesterday (June 20) police attended a property in Medburn, Ponteland, where sadly a 32-year-old woman was found deceased.

There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding her death. A report will now be prepared for the coroner.

Sophie had shared an image about mental health the month before her death
Sophie had shared an image about mental health the month before her death
Sophie snapped a selfie just days before her death
Sophie snapped a selfie just days before her death
Friends of the young woman have paid tribute to her
Friends of the young woman have paid tribute to her
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She had originally been coupled up with barman Tom Powell in series 2 of the hit show but he was kicked off the island
She had originally been coupled up with barman Tom Powell in series 2 of the hit show but he was kicked off the island
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Sophie’s last social media post has since been revealed, with the 32-year-old having written a caring message to a pal on Facebook.

Replying to her ill friend’s comment on social media, Sophie write: “Hope youre feeling a bit better soon!!!”

She had also posted a tribute to late friend Paul, who was also friends with Vicky Pattison, writing: “Thank you for being there when you recognised I needed someone, you are a true saint.

“I only wish I had got to know you better. All my love and thoughts with your nearest and dearest.”

She continued: “Ive never felt so emotional yet so uplifted in my life. #paulburns #mrnewcastle #restinpeace”.

She had also shared a smiling snap to Instagram the day before her death.

Sophie made history on Love Island when she became one half of the show’s first same-sex couple after coupling up with Katie Salmon.

Sophie Gradon's last social media post showed her smiling for the camera
Sophie Gradon’s last social media post showed her smiling for the camera yesterday

She had originally been coupled up with barman Tom Powell in series 2 of the hit show but he was kicked off the island.

Sophie later walked off the 2016 show and got back together with Tom once she returned to the UK.

Last year’s Love Island winner Amber Davies was among those to pay tribute to Sophie, saying: “I am in absolutely in shock! @sophiegradon what a beautiful woman you were. RIP”

The reality star’s 2016 winner Cara de la Hoyde, who starred on the same series as Sophie, wrote: “Such a awful day. my heart is broken & goes out to every one effected”.

Boyfriend Aaron said Sophie was his world 'forever and always'
Boyfriend Aaron said Sophie was his world ‘forever and always’
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Sophie made history on Love Island when she became one half of the show's first same-sex couple after coupling up with Katie Salmon
Sophie made history on Love Island when she became one half of the show’s first same-sex couple after coupling up with Katie Salmon
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Sophie had shared photos of her lunch date with boyfriend Aaron just days before her death
Sophie had shared photos of her lunch date with boyfriend Aaron just days before her death
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Sophie first started sharing photographs of her with Aaron in May 2018
Sophie first started sharing photographs of her with Aaron in May 2018
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Former Geordie Shore cast member Holly Hagan added her condolences, saying: “Sophie Gradon, you were only helping me battle the twitter trolls yesterday. rest in peace beautiful.”

She added: “If youre struggling right now PEOPLE CARE ABOUT YOU! I promise. please speak to someone.”

Towie star Courtney Green wrote on Twitter: “Feel so saddened and in shock, youll be missed you beautiful girl.”

The official Miss Great Britain account wrote on Twitter: “Shocked beyond belief!!! RIP @sophiegradon sending all our love to Sophies family at this incredibly sad time.”

The official Miss Newcastle also made sure to recognise Sophie, saying she was “irreplaceable”.

Sharing a photograph of Sophie, organisers wrote: “The irreplaceable Sophie Hannah Gradon beautiful both inside and out. Smart, funny, charming, talented and a smile that could light up any room.

“Forever and Always our Miss Newcastle.”

Love Island presenter Caroline Flack was also among those to remember Sophie, writing: “So very sad . Such a beautiful soul …. such a beautiful smile …thoughts and love with friends and family.”

Sophie Gradon and Tom Powell became an item on the reality show
Sophie Gradon and Tom Powell became an item on the reality show
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Sophie starred on Love Island in 2016
Sophie starred on Love Island in 2016
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The reality star was previously Miss Great Britain in 2009
The reality star was previously Miss Great Britain in 2009
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Other reality stars have spoken out of their devastation, with fellow Love Island star Malin Andersson writing: “RIP @sophiegradon THIS WORLD IS CRUEL. I cant believe what Ive just read.

“You beautiful angel. I have no words. Im in so much pain.

“A beautiful friend and person. It hasnt sunk in.”

Reality star Olivia Buckland also paid tribute, saying: “Awful awful news this morning. I am gutted. I am so sorry the world failed you. You were such an intricate, creative, intelligent soul.

“Words fail me.”

Olivia’s fiance Alex Bowen added: “We had lots of little chats and so many laughs. you were the the shoulder to cry on and a beautiful person with a beautiful soul. Shine bright in that sky Sophie gradon”


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39. Mother admits she may have suffocated her baby girl by DRUNKENLY co-sleeping with her but still does the same with her son., 21 [−]

A MOTHER has revealed that she continues to co-sleep with her infant son when she has been drinking – despite having potentially suffocated her seven-month-old daughter in the same way last year.

A pathologist told an inquest into baby Charlotte’s death that her mother Clare Clifford was “intoxicated” on the night of her daughter’s death and has placed her daughter in an “unsafe sleeping position.”

Clare wrote the emotional post on the one year anniversary of her daughter’s death
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The 35-year-old digital marketing manager from Yorkshire rushed her daughter to Leeds General Hospital in the early hours of the morning of 18 June 2017.

Sadly, doctors were unable to save the baby girl and Charlotte was pronounced dead just 45 minutes later.

While medical professionals were unable to definitively say what caused the infant’s death, an inquest heard that there is a probability that the “intoxicated” mother suffocated Charlotte as she slept.

Writing a blog post to commemorate the one year anniversary of her baby’s tragic and avoidable death, the mother-of-two has revealed that she is “still drinking and co-sleeping.”

The exact cause of Charlotte’s death in June 2017 remains unknown
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On the night of the tragic incident, Clare described herself as a “five out of ten” on a drunkenness scale.

Since welcoming her son Jack in May this year as a younger sibling to daughter Lyla, Clare says that she is “hardly drinking” but allows herself a gin and tonic on Friday nights as well as a glass of wine with dinner.

Clare also claims that her NHS health visitor has somehow signed off on her drinking and co-sleeping with her baby son.

She wrote: “I’m an intelligent person, if I’m genuinely not allowed a couple of drinks in the early evening, [the Care of Next Infant team] have not communicated this well and nobody has read more than me on this topic.”

Older sister Layla pictured with her baby sibling
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But the mother concluded on an uncertain note and said that “I’m still not clear” on whether it is safe to sleep next to an infant while under the influence of alcohol.

Following Chalotte’s death, Clare has since invested in a sleep apnea alarm which monitors baby Jack’s breathing.

What is co-sleeping?

In a previous post, she had described it as the “simple sensor” that “could have changed everything” for Charlotte as it would have woken her parents sooner.

Clare wrote in the emotional reflective blog post that “I’ve just got to live with that somehow – when your own child has died, you blame yourself no matter what” and that she is “always going to be wondering if I didn’t have her in bed that night.”

Clare now uses a apnea alarm to track baby Jack’s sleep – and says it could have “changed everything for Charlotte”
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Clare continues to co-sleep despite the tragic incident
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During the inquest into Charlotte’s death, Ms Clifford’s statement read that her and her husband James were aware of the risks of co-sleeping but had “never been told not to do it.”

On the night of Charlotte’s death, Clare said she was “in control of myself at all times” because she was “used to drinking moderately.”

Pathologist Michael Parson said that although there was “no specific post-mortem finding”, “death caused by overlaying remained a possibility that could not be excluded.”

It was revealed that Clare slept with her back against the wall while arm-in-arm with the baby to stop her from falling out of the bed.

Clare’s blog has since been switched to a private setting.

Here is everything you need to know about co-sleeping.

In more parenting news, is shouting at your kids ABUSE? Online chat gets mums steamed up with some very different opinions.

These are the “fatal” everyday mistakes you could be making around your child at home.

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40. Irish woman stunned after finding bite-shaped chunk missing from McDonalds burger but chain explains its just their tongs., 21 [−]

AN Irish woman was left shocked after discovering part of her McDonald’s burger was missing over the weekend.

The customer – who doesn’t want to be named – bought the Big Mac at the fast food chain’s restaurant in Charlestown, Dublin on Sunday.

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The woman had removed the bun to put ketchup on it

She told the Irish Sun: “I bought a Big Mac meal on Sunday night.

“I was putting ketchup on the beef and noticed there was a chunk of the burger missing. It looked like a bite had been taken out of it.

“I brought the burger back up to the till and asked to speak to the manager.

“She apologised and said a tongs ripped the meat in the kitchen.

McDonald’s offered the customer another burger
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“She asked if I wanted another burger but I got my money back instead.”

A McDonald’s spokesperson said: “We are sorry to hear about this customers experience.

“Food quality and safety are of the utmost importance to us and we place great emphasis on quality control, following rigorous standards in order to avoid any imperfections.

Yesterday, a furious McDonalds lover made a crazy claim that the fast food giant is secretly downsizing buns to dupe customers out of millions.

The man, from New Zealand, was filmed as he launched into a bizarre rant about the differences between a Big Mac and a regular cheeseburger.

McDonald's are swapping plastic straws for paper ones
McDonald’s are swapping plastic straws for paper ones
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Asking his fellow diner to hold the camera, he tells viewers hes in the Dunedin restaurant and claims to have discovered that the beef patties are the same size.

But McDonalds confirmed this has always been the case and the furious man even admits in the clip that staff told him that before buying the meals.

In the video, he continues to deconstruct his burgers to prove a point.

Last week, McDonald’s announced they will replace their plastic straws with paper in all restaurants across Ireland and the UK.

The restaurant will roll-out paper straws in all 1,361 branches from September, with the process to be completed next year.

The move comes as pressure grows on companies to reduce single-use plastic products and packaging, amid concerns over plastic pollution in the oceans as it can harm wildlife like turtles and fish.


41. Love Island viewers in tears over poignant tribute to tragic Sophie Gradon., 21 [−]

LOVE Island viewers were left in tears tonight over the show’s poignant tribute to late star Sophie Gradon.

Fans flocked to Twitter to praise TV bosses for remembering the late star at the start of tonight’s episode

The show’s tribute aired tonight
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The episode is dedicated to tragic Sophie, who was found dead at a house in Newcastle last night aged just 32.

The show started with a moving memorial to Sophie featuring a picture and the words: “In loving memory of Sophie Gradon.”

It left fans in tears and they shared their grief on Twitter.

One wrote: “#loveisland ?Rip Sophie ?.”

Another added: “Wery thoughtful of love island to put that at the beginning for Sophie, rest in peace???#loveisland.”

A third tweeted: “The little tribute to Sophie at the beginning, so sad?#LoveIsland.”

It comes after The Sun Online revealed the tribute would take place on tonight’s show.

Sophie, who appeared on the show in 2016, was found dead at a house in Newcastle last night and her passing has sent fans of the show and former contestants into mourning.

News that the show was going ahead came after former contestant Malin Andersson lashed out at Love Island bosses and called for tonights episode not to air following the tragedy.

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Sophie was found dead at a house in Newcastle last night[/caption]

The reality star, who appeared on the show in 2016 with Sophie, also said there should be more aftercare once the show is over.

She added: Try going on a show like that and see what it can POTENTIALLY do to your mental health after.

Malin also posted an emotional tribute to Sophie before calling for more help for contestants.

She told her 250,000 Twitter followers: “Im so distraught. All our memories in Love Island and after. Beautiful girl. Please rest in peace now.

MENTAL HEALTH IS SERIOUS. LOOK AFTER EACH AND EVERYONE! NOT ENOUGH AFTER CARE @LoveIsland . IT SHOULD NOT AIR TONIGHT.

Earlier today, a post on Love Island’s official Twitter account stated: “The whole ITV2 and Love Island team are profoundly saddened to hear the news about Sophie, and our deepest sympathies and thoughts go to her family and friends.”

Just six days ago Sophie was on holiday with Aaron in Antibes and told her pals the pair were planning on getting married.

She shared a number of happy and smiling pictures from their romantic holiday.

After the news of Sophie’s death was revealed, her famous pals paid tribute to their beautiful and amazing friend.


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42. Who is Josh Denzel? Love Island 2018 contestant and SPORTbible host coupled up with Georgia Steel., 21 [−]

JOSH Denzel set hearts racing in the Love Island villa when he arrived at the end of the first week.

Here’s everything you need to know about the lad currently coupled up with Georgia Steel…

Josh Denzel is a 26-year-old from London who is best known for his work with SPORTbible
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Who is Josh Denzel?

Josh Denzel presents sports coverage for LADbible and SPORTbible.

His Instagram account features some big names in sport and shows him rubbing shoulders with the likes of Anthony Joshua, Roger Federer and Andy Murray.

A source told The Sun: Producers thought the audience would be aware of who he is as hes a big name on the internet.

Hes got lots of personality. He looks good. Has a great body and has decent chat with the girls.

Hell do well and will shake up the villa.

Speaking ahead of entering the villa, Josh, an Arsenal fan from North London, admitted that both Hayley Hughes and Georgia Steel had caught his eye.

Josh recently came out of a long-term relationship and says he is out to find love in the villa.

Josh Denzel, left with Conor McGregor, right
Josh Denzel, left, with Conor McGregor, right
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What is Josh Denzel’s Instagram?

You can check out all of Josh’s pics on his social media channels…

Instagram: @joshdenzel

Facebook: @presenterdenzel

Snapchat: Josh-Denzel

Click here to play our Love Island games – and win a ?10,000 holiday for you and three friends

When did Josh Denzel enter Love Island 2018?

Josh entered the villa on Sunday, June 10, 2018.

The first dumping took place on June 8, when Kendall was sent packing.

On June 13, Georgia was seen choosing Josh to couple up with after Niall Aslam’s shock exit.

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43. Who is Samira Mighty? Love Island 2018 contestant and Dreamgirls actress who says she dated Chris Pine., 21 [−]

LOVE Island’s men have the chance to impress a Dreamgirls star now in the form of Samira Mighty.

The West End performer is already a famous face but what do you need to know about her? Here’s the lowdown…

Samira Mighty is one of the feistiest female contestant on this year’s series
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Who is Samira Mighty?

Samira Mighty is a West End performer from London.

The 22-year-old is best known for starring in the musical Dreamgirls since November 2017, alongside co-stars Brennyn Lark, Marisha Wallace and Kimmy Edwards.

Theatre-goers might also recognise her from her appearances in Mamma Mia! and 2017’s Beauty And The Beast.

The Millennium Performing Arts trained star is also a Mezzo-Soprano singer and an accomplished dancer.

Samira has also bragged about dumping Hollywood actor Chris Pine, which was revealed on the show during a game.

Will the West End star find a man who can tame her?
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What has Samira said about Love Island?

Before entering the villa, Samira said shes hot-headed and wont be backing down from a confrontation in the villa, stating that girls “can be catty”.

She said: “I think there might be a bit of rivalry over guys.

“It wouldnt phase me going head to head with someone for a guy.

“The biggest turn off would be if they werent funny.

“Even if theyre beautiful but have no personality and are just dry, I physically cant have a conversation.

Samira added: “Another big turn off is spitting it makes me feel physically sick.”

Click here to play our Love Island games – and win a ?10,000 holiday for you and three friends.

When is Love Island on ITV2?

Love Island series four kicked off on Monday, June 4, on ITV.

The show is airing at 9.00pm six nights a week only taking a break on Saturdays over eight weeks.

Caroline Flack has presented Love Island since it returned to TV in 2015 and is joined once again by voice-over artist Iain Stirling.

Kem Cetinay, the winner in 2017, is also back to host a daily spin-off podcast entitled The Morning After with TV presenter, Arielle Free.

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44. World Cup 2018 fixtures, results and full schedule: Kick off times and TV details for BBC and ITV matches from Russia., 21 [−]

THE World Cup is here!

Kicking off with hosts Russia hammering Saudi Arabia 5-0 in Moscow, the big tournament is well underway.

World Cup 2018 match schedule (all times UK)

Fixtures for the 2018 World Cup finals, which started on June 14 and runs until July 15 (all time BST)

GROUP STAGE

Thursday, June 14: Russia 5 Saudi Arabia 0 – REPORT

Friday, June 15: Egypt 0 Uruguay 1 – REPORT

Friday, June 15: Morocco 0 Iran 1 – REPORT

Friday, June 15: Portugal 3 Spain 3 – REPORT

Saturday, June 16: France 2 Australia 1 – REPORT

Saturday, June 16: Argentina 1 Iceland 1 REPORT

Saturday, June 16: Peru 0 Denmark 1 REPORT

Saturday, June 16: Croatia 2 Nigeria 0 REPORT

Sunday, June 17: Costa Rica 0 Serbia 1 REPORT

Sunday, June 17: Germany 0 Mexico 1 REPORT

Sunday, June 17: Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 REPORT

Monday, June 18: Sweden 1 Korea Rep 0 REPORT

Monday, June 18: Belgium 3 Panama 0 REPORT

Monday, June 18: Tunisia 1 England 2 REPORT

Tuesday, June 19: Colombia 1 Japan 2 REPORT

Tuesday, June 19: Poland 1 Senegal 2 REPORT

Tuesday, June 19: Russia 3 Egypt 1 REPORT

Wednesday, June 20: Portugal 1 Morocco 0 REPORT

Wednesday, June 20: Uruguay 1 Saudi Arabia 0 REPORT

Wednesday, June 20: Iran 0 Spain 1 REPORT

Thursday, June 21: Denmark 1 Australia 1 REPORT

Thursday, June 21: France 1 Peru 0 REPORT

Thursday, June 21: Argentina 0 Croatia 3 REPORT

Friday, June 22 (1pm): Brazil v Costa Rica ITV

Friday, June 22 (4pm): Nigeria v Iceland BBC

Friday, June 22 (7pm): Serbia v Switzerland BBC

Saturday, June 23 (1pm): Belgium v Tunisia BBC

Saturday, June 23 (4pm): Korea Rep v Mexico ITV

Saturday, June 23 (7pm): Germany v Sweden ITV

Sunday, June 24 (1pm): England v Panama BBC

Sunday, June 24 (4pm): Japan v Senegal BBC

Sunday, June 24 (7pm): Poland v Colombia ITV


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Monday June 25 (3pm): Uruguay v Russia ITV

Monday June 25 (3pm): Saudi Arabia v Egypt ITV4

Monday June 25 (7pm): IR Iran v Portugal BBC

Monday June 25 (7pm): Spain v Morocco BBC

Tuesday, June 26 (3pm): Denmark v France ITV

Tuesday, June 26 (3pm): Australia v Peru ITV4

Tuesday, June 26 (7pm): Nigeria v Argentina BBC

Tuesday, June 26 (7pm): Iceland v Croatia BBC

Wednesday, June 27 (3pm): Korea Rep v Germany BBC

Wednesday, June 27 (3pm): Mexico v Sweden BBC

Wednesday, June 27 (7pm): Serbia v Brazil ITV

Wednesday, June 27 (7pm): Switzerland v Costa Rica ITV 4

Thursday, June 28 (3pm): Japan v Poland BBC

Thursday, June 28 (3pm): Senegal v Colombia BBC

Thursday, June 28 (7pm): England v Belgium ITV

Thursday, June 28 (7pm): Panama v Tunisia ITV 4

ROUND of 16

Match Day Date KO Team/Group Channel

Saturday, June 30 (7pm): 1A v 2B ITV

Saturday, June 30 (3pm): 1C v 2D Pick 2: ITV

Sunday, July 1 (3pm): 1B v 2A Pick 3: BBC

Sunday, July 1 (7pm): 1D v 2C Pick 4: ITV

Monday, July 2 (3pm): 1E v 2F Pick 5: BBC

Monday, July 2 (7pm): 1G v 2H Pick 6: BBC

Tuesday, July 3 (3pm): 1F v 2E Pick 7: ITV

Tuesday, July 3 (7pm): 1H v 2G Pick 8: BBC

QUARTER FINALS

Friday, July 6 (3pm): Winner of Match 1 vs Winner of Match 2 BBC

Friday, July 6 (7pm): Winner of Match 5 vs Winner of Match 6 BBC

Saturday, July 7 (3pm): Winner of Match 7 vs Winner of Match 8 ITV

Saturday, July 7 (7pm): Winner of Match 3 vs Winner of Match 4 ITV

SEMI FINALS

61 Tuesday, July 10 (7pm): Winner QF1 vs Winner QF2 ITV
62 Wednesday, July 11 (7pm): Winner QF4 vs Winner QF3 BBC

THIRD PLACE PLAY-OFF

63 Saturday, July 14 (3pm): Loser SF1 vs Loser SF2 ITV

FINAL

64 Sunday, July 15 (4pm): Winner SF1 vs Winner SF2 ITV and BBC

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45. Who is Megan Barton Hanson? Love Island 2018 contestant and Essex glamour model., 21 [−]

MEGAN Barton Hanson made a late entry to Love Island 2018 – but is making her mark now.

The curvy lass likes to make a point of how genuine she is – so let’s find out more about her.

Megan is a glamour model who's starred in Maxim and 66 Magazine
Megan is a glamour model who’s starred in Maxim and 66 Magazine
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Who is Megan Barton Hanson?

Megan is a 24-year-old glamour model from Southend-on-Sea, Essex.

The stunning lass has previously modelled for Maxim and even been on the cover of 66 Magazine.

Her dating history is a little less out there – she’s had the odd celebrity DM and has dated a footballer but unfortunately Megan wouldn’t name any names.

Megan is a big fan of yoga and considers herself to be quite spiritual – she hopes that her honesty will come through on the show.

Megan's Instagram is filled with glamorous photos.
Megan’s Instagram is filled with incredible modelling and travel photos.
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What is Megan looking for on Love Island?

Before entering Love Island, Megan made it clear she was looking for something with Niall and Eyal.

According to her, Niall “is perfection” and has “a good mouth”.

The way to her heart is supposedly being able to make her laugh and engage her in really deep conversation – not just flirty banter.

Ultimately she just don’t want someone that is too cocky and hopes she can be pals with the lasses.

  • Click here to sign up for the Love Island game

What is Megan’s Instagram?

You can check out all of Megan’s pics on her social media channels…

Instagram: @meganbartonhanson

Twitter: @MeganBHanson

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46. World Cup 2018: Lionel Messi should retire from international football with Argentina AGAIN according to Twitter users., 21 [−]

LIONEL MESSI has been urged to retire from international duty with Argentina for the second time after his team’s dismal showing against Croatia.

The Barcelona superstar was totally anonymous as once again the blue and white stripes failed to impress on the big stage.

Lionel Messi cut a forlorn figure as he prepared to take kick-off with his side well and truly defeated
Lionel Messi cut a forlorn figure as he prepared to take kick-off with his side well and truly defeated
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Goals from Ante Rebic, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic sealed a deserved 3-0 win for Croatia, leaving Argentina needing a minor miracle to get through the group stages.

Messi famously announced his international retirement back in 2016 after his team fell to defeat to Chile in the Copa America final.

And now footie fans are urging him to call it a day for good this time.

Sai Dileep wrote on Twitter: “Lionel Messi should retire immediately without damaging his name further.”

Lionel Messi was once again dealt heartache as his Argentina side were spanked by Croatia
Lionel Messi was once again dealt heartache as his Argentina side were spanked by Croatia
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Another wrote that Argentina should “let Messi retire in peace”, while user CJ added: “If Argentina don’t go through, Messi should retire and stay retired”.

The general consensus on Twitter was that Argentina “don’t deserve” the 30-year-old striker.

Demi Oyewale gave a scathing analysis of the player AND the team.

He wrote: “Messi should retire again. Let this team learn how to play without him.

“If they still trash, he should stay retired instead of carrying them back to the tournament just to be trash again.”

In another humorous post, one Twitter user referenced Messi famously posing with goats in one of the more unusual World Cup previews.

But instead of the farm animal, in Messi’s hands was a donkey – a stunning indictment of how people believe he is carrying the rest of his under-performing nation.

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47. Emmerdale star Anthony Quinlan splits from Strictly Come Dancing pro Dianne Buswell after rows., 21 [−]

THEY looked set to be that rare love story on Strictly a celebrity and a pro who got together BEFORE signing up for the show.

Now Emmerdale actor Anthony Quinlan has split with dancer Dianne Buswell just a few months before the Saturday night favourite returns.

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Emmerdale actor Anthony Quinlan has split with dancer Dianne Buswell[/caption]

Strictly bosses had hoped hed join the show and produce the first duo to be dating in real life.

A TV insider said: It seems the curse of Strictly is even affecting couples who just look like theyll appear together.

Anthony and Dianne insist the split is down to job commitments, as shes based in London for Strictly and hes mostly in Leeds filming Emmerdale.

Their romance blossomed last December when Anthonys former Emmerdale co-star, Strictly contestant Gemma Atkinson, introduced him to Dianne.

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The couple were introduced by Anthonys former Emmerdale co-star and Strictly contestant Gemma Atkinson[/caption]

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The couple briefly split in February but are now done for good[/caption]

Northerner Anthony who plays Pete Barton on the soap and used to be Gilly Roach on Channel 4s Hollyoaks was said to be smitten from the start.

Sadly, he and the Aussie ballroom star have been rowing for some time and I recently revealed they had briefly parted.

But they decided to split for good after showdown talks in Manchester.

The pair have now cleared any trace of one another from their respective social media.

And that heinous act crushes any hope of a reunion.


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Must watch

WHAT? The Graham North Show, 10:45pm, BBC1.
WHY? Pop legend Cher and Hollywoods Christine Baranski talk about the Mamma Mia! sequel, joining Natalie Dormer and Rupert Everett on the chat show sofa.

Mikey’s back to school

Viewers could see Corrie labourer Gary Windass rock up in a new set of wheels after an upcoming stint away.

Mikey North, who has played the character, above, for a decade, took time off from the soap to film E4s All Star Driving School after getting fed up of asking co-stars for lifts to the studio.

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Mikey North is taking a break from Corrie to learn how to drive[/caption]

A source close to the star, whose break is yet to be shown on the soap, said: At first, Mikey was dubious to sign up for a reality project but he was keen to try this when he found out he could learn a new skill.

“He loved the experience.

Hes now back filming the soap but is remaining guarded about whether the process worked.

Its a great signing for E4s second series, to be shown this autumn, which launched last year starring Vicky Pattison and Pussycat Dolls’ Kimberly Wyatt.

I cant wait to see Mikey behind the wheel for a Weatherfield roadtrip.

bizbit

OF his visit this week to second mum, EastEnders legend Barbara Windsor, Ross Kemp told Good Morning Britain: I went round for a cup of tea and I had five.

“I laughed a lot. I was there for three and a half hours.

John defends Python

Monty Pythons John Cleese has hit back at the BBC for saying the 70s comedy is too white for todays audiences.
The corporations head of comedy, Shane Allen, said the series wouldnt be commissioned now as Oxbridge white blokes have had their day.

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John Cleese has defended Monty Python after it was called ‘too white’[/caption]

But show creator John said: Unfair!

“We were remarkably diverse for our time.

“We had three grammar school boys, one a poof, and Terry Gilliam, though not actually black, was a Yank.

“We were never ashamed to reveal the more feminine side of our personalities.

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The Python boys Eric Idle, Michael Palin, John Cleese, Graham Chapman and Terry Jones in The Meaning of Life[/caption]

John, whose latest BBC1 comedy Hold The Sunset has been granted a second series, added: Id have guessed Shane was more ashamed of it than Python.

“Its very white and lower middle class, and rather lacking in heavy accents.

bizbit

Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has revealed some gory scenes were too much for him.

The actor, who plays Jaime Lannister, said: There were shocking moments.

“It was difficult to even read it.

Soapbox

In Emmerdale, Lachlan reacts to a new threat that could tear him and Belle apart and Charity faces her true feelings as she contacts Ryan.

Elsewhere, Moiras suspicions reach a peak when she finds a nervous-looking Cain hastily putting his phone away.

Over on Coronation Street, Eva is distressed to discover that Johnny has started custody proceedings and turns to Adam for help.

Meanwhile, Beth is outraged to realise Sharon is the mysterious Mrs B and far from the elderly lady Kirk made out. Kayla is jealous of Bethany and comes up with a sly plan to cause trouble between her and Craig.

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48. Which teams are out of the World Cup 2018? Group stage eliminations explained with Argentina in danger., 21 [−]

DREAMS of lifting the World Cup trophy are already over for some teams.

The second round of group stages are underway and there is yet to be a goalless game at the tournament.

Faycal Fajr looks dejected after their 1-0 defeat to Portugal
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Which teams have been knocked out of the 2018 World Cup?

Group A

Mo Salah’s Egypt – who have lost both of their matches – are the first team to be knocked out.

They are joined out of the tournament by Saudi Arabia.

Find out all the latest information on Group A HERE.

Group B

Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal after just four minutes was all Portugal needed to win their game against Morocco in Group B.

The result has seen Morocco knocked out of the competition.

Find out all the latest information on Group B HERE.

Group C

France have advanced to the knockout stages after beating Peru 1-0.

The result means Peru have been knocked out of the World Cup after their second loss.

Find out all the latest information on Group C HERE.

Group D

Iceland take on Nigeria on Friday afternoon in a game which could effectively knock Argentina out of the World Cup at the group stage.

  • A win would put Iceland on four points – the maximum Argentina could get from the group.
  • In the World Cup group stage teams’ tiebreakers are decided on goal difference not head-to-head like the Euros.
  • Effectively, Iceland could win their next game vs Nigeria and then draw against Croatia in their last game to finish on five points and put Argentina out. Or alternatively Iceland could draw with Nigeria and defeat Croatia to leave it out of Argentina’s hands.
  • This means that a win may not be enough in Argentina’s final game against Nigeria, depending on the outcome of Iceland vs Nigeria on Friday.
  • The last time Argentina were knocked out of the World Cup at the group stage was 1962.

Find out all the latest information on Group D HERE.

Group E

All teams are still in with a chance of qualifying.

Find out all the latest information on Group E HERE.

Group F

All teams are still in with a chance of qualifying.

Find out all the latest information on Group F HERE.

Group G

All teams are still in with a chance of qualifying.

Find out all the latest information on Group G HERE.

Group H

All teams are still in with a chance of qualifying.

Find out all the latest information on Group H HERE.


FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE All the latest action, news, goals and gossip from the World Cup


What is the situation if two teams finish level on points at the group stage in Russia?

Each team plays one match against each of the other teams in the four-team group with three points for a win, one for a draw and none for a loss.

Who finishes above who will be decided by goal difference, not their head-to-head record.

If that is not conclusive then the greatest number of goals scored will decide.

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49. World Cup 2018: Lionel Messi looking stressed during national anthem, did he know what was coming?., 21 [−]

LIONEL MESSI looked a broken man even before Argentina’s 3-0 World Cup defeat against Croatia.

The legend seemed to be predicted doom for their assault on the ultimate crown as he put his hand to his head with a pained expression during the national anthem.

But whatever the Barcelona maestro was thinking, it surely could not have been as bad as what actually followed.

Willy Caballero’s howler handed Ante Rebic a superbly volleyed for Croatia on 53 minutes.

Then Luka Modric’s sublime finish and a stoppage-time breakaway from Ivan Rakitic left Argentina with just one point from two games.

Croatia are certain to qualify, having also beaten Nigeria 2-0.

Lionel Messi repeats his pre-match look following the World Cup pounding from Croatia
Lionel Messi repeats his pre-match look following the World Cup pounding from Croatia
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Messi and Co will almost certainly need to beat the Africans too to have any chance of going through.

And their dreadful goal difference could prove costly.

Social media was sharply divided over Messi’s miserable night.

Some urged him to quit international football for the second time while others showed sympathy and shock.

Barcelona hero Lionel Messi and Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi show the weight of defeat for Argentina against Croatia
Barcelona hero Lionel Messi and Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi show the weight of defeat for Argentina against Croatia
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Lionel Messi reacts to one of the most shocking defeats in the World Cup history of Argentina
Lionel Messi reacts to one of the most shocking defeats in the World Cup history of Argentina
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One fan worried Argentina’s potential elimination could “wrongly” damage Messi’s status as, in his opinion, “the greatest player ever”.

But another tweeted to claim England’s World Cup new boy Kieran Tripper has created six chances in one group game – compared to a total of five opportunities in two matches provided by Messi.

Messi first retired from playing for Argentina after losing to Chile in the 2016 Copa America final.

And after this staggering flop against Croatia, he could be getting his coat – rather than the goat – with the rest of his star-studded squad.


FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE All the latest action, news, goals and gossip from the World Cup



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50. Who is Tom Powell? Love Island star Sophie Gradons ex-boyfriend who she split from amid cheating claims., 21 [−]

TOM Powell entered the Love Island villa in 2016 and made quite an impression.

Here’s everything you need to know about the former barman who was coupled up with the late Sophie Gradon…

Tom Powell was in Love Island 2016
Tom Powell was in Love Island 2016
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Who is Tom Powell?

Tom Powell, 26 is a former barman from Wales.

He is best known for appearing in the second series of the rebooted Love Island in 2016.

After leaving the villa he pursued his ambition to be a fitness model and has been promoting muscle building products.

After his split with Sophie Gradon he briefly dated fellow islander Malin Andersson but she moved on with her new man Tom Kemp.

Tom Powell, left, with Sophie Gradon, right on Love Island 2016
Tom Powell, left, with Sophie Gradon, right on Love Island 2016
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What happened to Tom Powell on Love Island?

Tom Powell was coupled up early on Sophie Gradon.

He walked off the show after their relationship was tested by the arrival of Tom’s ex Emma Jane-Woodham.

Sophie then recoupled with Katie Salmon.

But in the end she quit the show as she decided it was Tom she really wanted to be with.

Why did Tom Powell and Sophie Gradon split up?

Tom reunited with Sophie after they left the villa but they split a few months later in November 2016.

Sophie and Tom both accused each other of cheating.

A row broke out on social media after Sophie posted screenshots of DMs that appeared to show Tom asking another girl for her number.

Tom retaliated by posting a pic of Sophie “cheating” on him and kissing a man she supposedly met in the same week she quit Love Island.

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51. Who is Sophie Gradons boyfriend Aaron Armstrong, what has he said about her death and how long had they been together?., 21 [−]

FORMER Love Island star Sophie Gradon has died aged just 32. The ex-Miss Great Britain, who starred in the reality show in 2016, was found dead at a home near Newcastle last night.

She was in a relationship with Aaron Armstrong at the time of her death, here’s what we know…

Aaron Armstrong was one of the first to pay tribute to Sophie.
Aaron Armstrong was one of the first to pay tribute to Sophie.
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Who is Sophie Gradon’s boyfriend Aaron Armstrong?

Little is known of Aaron’s profession or personal life, other than recent loving social media uploads posted by Sophie.

She posted a gushing video about her man just days before her death, describing him as the love of her life.

The former Love Island star uploaded a video of her beau dancing with a dog, captioning it: “When the love of your life loves his dogs like this you know hes the one. Shes cuddling him right back … & those arms”

The late Sophie Gradon was dating Aaron Armstrong at the time of her death

What’s he said about her death?

Her devastated boyfriend posted an emotional tribute to the star this morning, saying: “I will never forget that smile.”

He added: “I love you so much baby your (sic) my world forever and always”.

Heartbreaking social media posts showed Sophie and Aaron enjoying a meal out together on Sunday.

She had also been tweeting Towie star Mario Falcone about this year’s Love Island just hours before her sudden death.

How long were Sophie and Aaron together?

It’s not known exactly how long they’ve been together.

But the last picture on Instagram to appear of her boyfriend before him, Ashley Lenco, was in August 2017.

And the first time Aaron featured on her social media was in May 2018.

Though the couple seemed loved up – Just three days before her death she posted a sweet picture captioning it: “I miss him…He’s only been gone a whole 4 hours.”

It has been revealed that the couple were planning on getting married.

Who did Sophie date before?

During her time on Love Island she was in a relationship with Tom Powell.

After he left the island she made history on the show as one half of the show’s first same-sex couple after she coupled up with Katie Salmon.

She then quit the show to get back with Tom.

Last year she dated Ashley Lenco and even got matching tattoos with him.

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52. What was George Michaels cause of death, when was the singers funeral and who inherited his fortune?., 21 [−]

THE world was left reeling when George Michael was found dead at his home in December 2016.

The Wham! superstar passed away on Christmas Day but his funeral did not take place until March 2017. Here’s all you need to know about his passing…

George reportedly died of heart failure on Christmas Day
George Michael died of heart failure on Christmas Day 2016
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How did George Michael die?

George Michael, 53, was found dead in bed in his Oxfordshire home on Christmas Day by his boyfriend Fadi Fawaz.

The celebrity hairstylist said: We were supposed to be going for Christmas lunch. I went round there to wake him up and he was just gone, lying peacefully in bed.

We dont know what happened yet. Everything had been very complicated recently, but George was looking forward to Christmas, and so was I.

The cause of death was confirmed on March 7 by Darren Salter, senior coroner for Oxfordshire.

George Michael died of natural causes and had a dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver.

What is dilated cardiomyopathy?

Dilated cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart muscle, that causes it to become stretched and thin.
It means you’re unable to pump blood around your body properly.
In some cases the condition is inherited, but it can also be triggered by viral infections, uncontrolled high blood pressure and excessive alcohol consumption.
Symptoms include:
– shortness of breath
– swelling of the ankles and tummy
– excessive tiredness
– palpitations

What is myocarditis?

Myocarditis is inflammation of the middle layer of the heart wall.
It can affect the heart muscle and the heart’s electrical system – and can prove fatal.
It’s typically caused by a viral infection, and symptoms include chest pain, fatigue, heart failure and an abnormal heart beat.
If it becomes severe it can weaken the ability of the heart to pump blood.
And blood clots can form, which can result in a heart attack or stroke.
In mild cases, the condition can have no apparent symptoms.
You may just feel ill and a bit under the weather.
But, in serious cases, common signs include:
– chest pain
– rapid or abnormal heart beat
– shortness of breath
– swelling of your legs, ankles and feet
– fatigue
– other signs of the viral infection, including headache, body aches, joint pain and a fever

Previously a series of tweets on Fawaz’s accounts said the star’s death was suicide, but Fawaz later claimed he had been hacked.

The messages said: “The only thing George wanted is to DIE. He tried to kill himself many times…” and “finally he managed”.

What was Fadi Fawaz’s 999 call after he found George Michael?

A dramatic leaked 999 call from Fawaz after he discovered Michael’s body reveals he spent nearly an hour trying to wake the star before phoning for an ambulance.

Fadi, 43, is heard explaining: Ive been trying to wake him up for the last hour but it was not possible.

Hes gone. Hes blue. Hes gone.

The handler then asks where Georges body is and Fadi replies: Hes in bed. Dead.

Fadi Fawaz’s 999 call was leaked and revealed he waited an hour to call an ambulance
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Hes cold and hes blue… yes, hes very stiff.

Hes dead… hes dead.

Asked by the operator if the singer is beyond help, Fadi reveals he has spent an hour trying to revive him.

The operator goes on to ask if Georges death was expected.

Fadi replies: No, no, no, no, no, no, Ive been waiting for him to wake him up for like, you know, for hours and he wouldnt wake up, I went to wake him up and he was gone, you know, hes not there.

He adds: Its George Michael, you know, the singer?

Fadi then wrongly gives Georges date of birth as July 25 instead of June 25.

The operator tells him the ambulance is on its way and not to move the body in the meantime before she hangs up.

In a statement, the star’s publicist said: “It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period.

“The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time.

“There will be no further comment at this stage.”

When was George Michael’s funeral?

George’s family were forced to put funeral plans on hold as the coroner waited for the results of toxicology tests and so the funeral did not take place until three months after his death.

A service, attended by family and close friends, was held in the tiny, 30-seat chapel at Highgate West Cemetery on March 29.

The service took place amid tight security, with black tarpaulin covering the cemeterys iron gates.

No hearse was spotted entering the grounds. Its thought that the singers body arrived inside a private ambulance.

Following the service, guests attended a wake at Georges house in Hampstead, which is less than a mile from the cemetery.

Andrew Ridgeley, his former Wham! bandmate, was seen leaving the funeral today
Andrew Ridgeley, his former Wham! bandmate, was seen leaving the funeral
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Family in attendance included Georges 80-year-old feather Kyriacos and sisters Melanie and Panayiota.

Among the guests were former bandmates Andrew Ridgeley, Helen Pepsi DeMacque and Shirlie Holliman, as well as Spandau Ballet star Martin Kemp.

Also in attendance was Fadi Fawaz, the singers boyfriend, who was expected to be excluded from proceedings.

Fadi was seen leaving the cemetery on Wednesday afternoon after attending George's funeral
Fadi was seen leaving the cemetery on Wednesday afternoon after attending George’s funeral
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Another of Georges lovers, his long-term partner Kenny Goss, joined the mourners at the intimate ceremony.

A statement from Michaels family read: We can confirm that the funeral of the singer George Michael took place today. Family and close friends gathered for the small, private ceremony to say goodbye to their beloved son, brother and friend.

George Michaels family would like to thank his fans across the world for their many messages of love and support.”

What tributes were paid to George?

When it was announced that George had died, millions flocked to Twitter to share their tributes for the fallen icon, with Elton John and Madonna just two of the celebrities who sent their regards.

Fans also flocked to his homes to lay flowers and letters, and to unite in their grief for the loss of the generation-defining icon.

As well as this, streaming service Spotify marked a staggering three THOUSAND per cent increase in his music being listened to in the days following his death – truly proving that his hits will ensure he lives on with people for a long time to come.

Tributes were left on his Range Rover outside his Highgate home after his death on Christmas Day
Tributes were left on his Range Rover outside his Highgate home after his death on Christmas Day
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A statement released on behalf of the family said: The family and close friends of George have been touched beyond words by the incredible outpouring of love for him in the hours and days since his death.

For someone whose life was ultimately about his music and the love he had for his family and friends, his fans and the world at large, there could be no more fitting tribute than the many, many, kind words that have been said and the numerous plays his records have received.

Contrary to some reports, there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death, and from the bottom of our hearts we thank those who, rightly, have chosen to celebrate his life and legacy at this most distressing of times.

Adele perfromed Fast Love at the Grammy awards
Adele perfromed Fast Love at the Grammy awards
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Brit popstar Adele paid an emotional tribute to Michael at the Grammy awards – singing his hit Fast Love.

But mid-way through the track she stopped and asked for it to be re-started.

She said: “I cant do it again, not after last year, I cant mess this up for him.

Im sorry for swearing, Im sorry [Grammy producer] Ken [Ehrlich].

Im going to start again, Im sorry, Im sorry for swearing.

George’s close friend Geri Horner released her first single in 12 years, a cover of his hit track Angels in Chains, as a tribute to her late pal.

The video, which is shot entirely in black and white, shows Geri singing in the studio interspersed with pictures of her and George in happier times.

Wham! backing vocalists Pepsi and Shirley appeared on This Morning today, August 24, to remember their close friend.

George’s godchildren are inheriting his millions
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Who inherited the Wham! singer’s millions?

After his death, it was revealed that George left an estimated fortune of ?105million.

With no husband, children or obvious heirs to the estate, it was believed that the money would be split among his many godchildren.

These include Martin Kemp’s children Roman and Harley, his cousin Andros’ two children, and Geri Halliwell’s daughter Bluebell, whose actual godfather is George’s ex partner Kenny Goss.

It is also expected that his boyfriend Fadi, as well as his sisters Melanie and Yioda could also get a cut from the estate.

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53. Argentina 0-3 Croatia LIVE SCORE: Rakitic strolls home the third to put Argentina progress in MAJOR danger latest goal updates and commentary., 21 [−]

Argentina take on Croatia at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium for their second round Group D World Cup match.

Jorge Sampaoli’s side were held to a 1-1 draw by Iceland in the opening game.

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54. How did George Michael die, what were his biggest songs and who was his boyfriend Fadi Fawaz?., 21 [−]

ICONIC musician George Michael died peacefully at his home on Christmas Day 2016, aged 53, at the end of a year which saw many of our most beloved figures in music, film and comedy pass away.

The Wham! singers death prompted an outpouring of grief from heartbroken fans and the stars famous friends. Here’s his story…

George Michael will forever be remembered as a music icon
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Who was George Michael and how did his career take off?

George Michael was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou in East Finchley, London, in 1963.

He was the son of Kyriacos Panayiotou, a Greek Cypriot restaurateur, and English dancer Lesley Angold.

The family moved to Hertfordshire in Georges early teens where he met Andrew Ridgeley, who would later be his partner in Wham!.

Georges flair as a musician was evident early in his life, through busking on the London Underground in his teens and local DJ sets in clubs and schools.

George and Andrew formed the duo Wham! in 1981, and the duo tasted instant success with their 1983 debut album Fantastic becoming UK number one and producing a string of hit singles.

Their second album, Make It Big, was released in 1984 and became an even bigger hit, reaching number one across the world and catapulting George to international superstardom.

Wham! became the first Western pop group to tour China, including 10 ground-breaking dates there on their huge 1985 world tour.

However, with Georges solo career beginning to take off and his profile dwarfing that of his co-star, Wham! announced they were breaking up in 1986.

George described the breakup split as “the most amicable split in pop history, and they bid goodbye to their fans with a huge farewell show at Wembley Stadium.

Andrew Ridgeley and George Michael of Wham performing on stage in 1985
Andrew Ridgeley and George Michael of Wham performing on stage in 1985
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How did George Michael die?

Thames Valley Police said an ambulance attended the singer’s home property in Goring, Oxfordshire, at 1.42pm on Christmas Day, adding that his death was being treated as “unexplained but not suspicious”.

He was was found dead in bed by his boyfriend Fadi Fawaz.

Senior coroner Darren Salter said the pop legend suffered from dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver and died of natural causes.

The verdict was delayed until March 7 as the coroner awaited the results of toxicology tests a wait which left funeral plans on hold.

An initial post-mortem, held in late December, had proved inconclusive.

George Michael and long-term lover Kenny Goss pictured in 2002
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How much was George Michael worth?

Since his death, it has been revealed that George left an estimated fortune of ?105million.

With no husband, children or obvious heirs to the estate, it is believed that the money will be split among his many godchildren.

These include Martin Kemp’s children Roman and Harley, his cousin Andros’ two children, and Geri Halliwell’s daughter Bluebell, whose actual godfather is George’s ex-partner Kenny Goss.

It is also expected that his boyfriend Fadi, as well as his sisters Melanie and Yioda could also get a cut from the estate.

George Michael has died age 53 from suspected heart failure
George Michael died age 53 due to heart and liver problems
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Who did George Michael date?

As his solo career took off and he became one of the 1980s most recognisable stars, Georges personal life came under huge scrutiny.

He had told close friends that he was bisexual as a teenager but kept his sexuality secret for many years before eventually revealing that he was gay.

George later said he had remained closeted because he worried what effect the revelation would have on his mother.

One of his lovers, Brazilian designer Anselmo Feleppa, discovered he had HIV six months into their relationship after they met in 1991 he died of an AIDS-related illness in 1993.

In 1996, he entered into a long-term relationship with Kenny Goss, with the pair coming close to a civil partnership in 2005.

Although they split in 2009, George and Kenny are thought to have become close again in the weeks leading up to the singers death.

From that year until his death, the pop icon had been in a relationship with celebrity hair stylist Fadi Fawaz.

The star became embroiled in numerous controversies throughout his career, with George arrested for engaging in a lewd act in California in 1998, and admitting that he cruised for anonymous sex on Hampstead Heath in 2006.

He was also arrested several times for drug-related offences and described his use of cannabis as a problem in a 2007 interview. That year he had been banned from driving after pleading guilty to driving while unfit through drugs.

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Fadi and George started dating in 2009[/caption]

Who is Fadi Fawaz?

Australian-born Fadi Fawaz, 44, is a hairdresser to the stars who previously worked as a photographer and frequently posts his pictures on social media.

He was first photographed with George in 2015 after they were snapped walking together in Switzerland.

George and Fadi first met in 2009. The pair started their romance shortly after Georges split with his long-term partner Kenny Goss, who he had been with for thirteen years.

Fadi found George dead in bed on Christmas morning.

It later emerged that Fawaz slept in his car on the night of George Michaels death, despite originally claiming he spent the entire weekend at the stars house.

The leaked tape of Fadi’s 999 call revealed he tried to wake George for an hour before he called an ambulance.

The celebrity snapper was reportedly in line for ?1m tell-all book deal about his relationship with the late music legend.

What were George Michaels most famous songs?

The star produced an array of hit singles and albums, both as part of Wham!, in his glittering solo career, and as a featured artist in series of high-profile collaborations.

He sold over 100 million records worldwide and performed in both the original Band Aid charity single in 1984 and alongside Elton John in the Live Aid concert the following year.

After his death, Spotify streams for George Michael hits increased by more than three thousand per cent.

Here are some of the singers biggest hits:

With Wham

Bad Boys (1983) UK number 2
Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go (1984) UK number 1, US number 1
Freedom (1984) UK number 1
Im Your Man (1985) UK number 1
The Edge of Heaven (1986) UK number 1
Where Did Your Heart Go? (1986) UK number 1

As a solo artist

Careless Whisper (1984) UK number 1, US number 1
A Different Corner (1986) UK number 1
I Want Your Sex (1987) US platinum
Faith (1987) UK number 2, US number 1
I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) with Aretha Franklin (1987) UK number 1, US number 1
Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me – with Elton John (1991) UK number 1, US number 1
Somebody to Love – with Queen (1993) UK number 1
Killer / Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone (1993) UK number 1
Jesus to a Child (1996) UK number 1
Fastlove (1996) UK number 1

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55. Who is Fadi Fawaz? George Michaels boyfriend who found the singers body after his death., 21 [−]

FADI Fawaz was thrust into the spotlight when he revealed that he discovered George Michael’s lifeless body “peacefully” in bed on Christmas Day 2016.

But who is Fadi, how did he meet George and why is he being forced to move out of the singer’s ?5million home? Here’s all you need to know…

Fadi was the last person to see George Michael alive
Fadi was the last person to see George Michael alive and found the singer dead on Boxing Day

Who is Fadi Fawaz and how did he meet George Michael?

Australian-born Fadi Fawaz, 45, is a hairdresser to the stars who previously worked as a photographer and frequently posts his pictures on social media.

He was scarred by the death of his pal Boyzone star Stephen Gately whose heart stopped beating due to sudden adult death syndrome in 2009.

His work, which is available to view on photosharing site Flickr, is highly stylised and edited to appear to integrate elements of graphic design.

He was first photographed with George in 2015 after they were snapped walking together in Switzerland.

George and Fadi first met in 2009. The pair started their romance shortly after George’s split with his long-term partner Kenny Goss, who he had been with for thirteen years.

Fadi is said to have helped George through a series of personal issues, including a stint in a Switzerland rehab to combat his drug addictions in 2015.

He was snapped at Georges converted Cotswold stone mill in Goring-on-Thames on Christmas Eve.

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The hair stylist discovered the music icon’s body on Christmas Day[/caption]

Why is Fadi Fawaz selling George Michael’s possessions?

On April 16, 2018, Fadi Fawaz revealed he is selling off the singer’s belongings on Twitter after declaring he’s “done with being respectful” in a scathing online rant.

The Sun revealed in March that the late star’s possessions were being repossessed after Fadi failed to pay off ?513 debt.

In a series of posts on Twitter, the former hair stylist wrote: “Goerge [sic] Micheal Items for sale if you interested please let me know.

“Its a way so I can survive till we solve the problems with his family and lawyer.

“Since Im left with no help and since no one is human anymore.”

He went on to add: “I am [sic] done with being respectful towards George Michael or the rest…

“I will fight for my right from George Michael till the last day of my life.

“And no I wont get a job.”

In May 2018 it was revealed that he is being forced to move out George’s London home in Regent’s Park as he is not set to inherit it.

What happened on the day George Michael died?

On Christmas morning, Fadi went to wake up George to celebrate the holidays together to find him lying dead in bed.

In a statement, he said: We were supposed to be going for Christmas lunch. I went round there to wake him up and he was just gone, lying peacefully in bed.

We dont know what happened yet. Everything had been very complicated recently, but George was looking forward to Christmas, and so was I.

He later tweeted: “It’s an Xmas I will never forget finding your partner dead peacefully in bed first thing in the morning… I will never stop missing you xx”

It has emerged that Fawaz slept in his car on the night of George Michael’s death, despite originally claiming he spent the entire weekend at the star’s house.

The 44-year-old now insists the pair spent the night apart and he discovered his lifeless body the next day.

He has been living in George’s house since his death.

Fadi has shared this black and white snap of him with George
Twitter

What was Fadi Fawaz’s 999 call after he found George Michael?

A dramatic leaked 999 call from Fawaz after he discovered Michael’s body reveals he spent nearly an hour trying to wake the star before phoning for an ambulance.

Fadi, 44, is heard explaining: Ive been trying to wake him up for the last hour but it was not possible.

Hes gone. Hes blue. Hes gone.

The handler then asks where Georges body is and Fadi replies: Hes in bed. Dead. Hes cold and hes blue… yes, hes very stiff. Hes dead… hes dead.

Asked by the operator if the singer is beyond help, Fadi reveals he has spent an hour trying to revive him.

The operator goes on to ask if Georges death was expected.

Fadi replies: No, no, no, no, no, no, Ive been waiting for him to wake him up for like, you know, for hours and he wouldnt wake up, I went to wake him up and he was gone, you know, hes not there.

He adds: Its George Michael, you know, the singer?

Fadi then wrongly gives Georges date of birth as July 25 instead of June 25.

The operator tells him the ambulance is on its way and not to move the body in the meantime before she hangs up.

In a statement, the star’s publicist said: “It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period. The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage.”

Fadi Fawaz’s 999 call was leaked and revealed he waited an hour before calling an ambulance
Darren Fletcher - The Sun

What has Fadi said about George’s death?

After George’s cause of death was revealed by the senior Oxfordshire coroner on March 7, Fadi tweeted: “F*** YOU” followed by a tweet with a picture of the two captioned: “The Truth is out…”

Following George’s death, Fadi posted a link to a previously unreleased track by the singer, entitled “This Kind of Love”, believed to be from the ‘lost’ album Trojan Souls.

His post prompted a legal row after many called for it to be officially released with lawyers for George’s estate calling for it be taken down, citing intellectual property rights.

The stylist said his Twitter account was hacked after posts seemingly written by him claimed George had “tried to kill himself many times” and “finally managed” it.

However George’s friends, who claim Fadi is a “leech” and actually split from him in 2015, have raised questions about the singer’s final hours.

The celebrity snapper is reportedly “in line for ?1m tell-all book deal” about his relationship with the late music legend.

In May last year, The Sun on Sunday revealed Georges former lover had demanded a multi-million-pound pay-out from the popstars fortune.

The 44-year-old was seeking maintenance for the lifestyle to which he became accustomed during the couples seven-year relationship.

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Fadi was seen leaving the cemetery after attending George’s funeral[/caption]

Was Fadi Fawaz invited to George Michael’s funeral?

It was reported he had been banned from the funeral by the singer’s family, but Fadi was seen arriving at Highgate Cemetery in North London on March 29, 2017.

Fadi arrived by hire car as George was laid to rest in a small, private ceremony attended by family and close friends.

Michaels ‘cousin’ Andros Georgiou had initially said: Fadi has not been invited to the funeral. He is not welcome, the family hate him. Heaven help him if he turned up. Fadi was not really his boyfriend.

It was reported that although he made the funeral, he was not allowed at the wake.

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56. Who is Kenny Goss, how long was he with George Michael and whats the Goss-Michael Foundation?., 21 [−]

KENNY Goss was with George Michael for thirteen years, and was praised as “the love of his life”.

Now he’s speaking out in order to help raise funds for the charity he founded with late singer, The Goss-Michael Foundation. Here’s everything you need to know about him…

Kenny is now raising money for the pairs charity
Goss Michael Foundation

Who is Kenny Goss?

Kenny Goss is an art dealer and businessman who was born in Bromwood, Texas in 1958 to “alcoholic, dysfunctional parents”.

After studying education and political science, he worked for Herkie Herkimer’s Cheerleader Supply Co, having been a gymnast and cheerleader at school – before becoming an art dealer.

He came out to his brother, revealing that he and George, who he met at a Fred Segal restaurant in Los Angeles after he moved there in 1988, were in a long-term relationship.

However, he didnt tell his parents, describing his sexuality as this big pink elephant in the centre of every holiday” in an interview with The Dallas Morning News.

The pair were together for thirteen years
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How long were Kenny and George Michael together?

Kenny and George got together in 1996, but only went public two years later, when George came out as gay after being arrested for performing a lewd act in a California toilet.

George later said he had remained closeted because he worried what effect his sexuality would have on his mother.

It was reported in 2005 that the couple were set to formalise their relationship with a civil partnership, but the ceremony was postponed. It is not known whether they ever went through with it.

The pair broke up in 2009 after 13 years together, which was kept quiet until George announced it on stage nearly three years later.

He admitted: In truth Kenny and I havent been together for two and a half years. I love him very much. This man has brought me a lot of joy and pain.

My love life has been a lot more turbulent than Ive ever let on, and Im so sad about my relationship with Kenny. Im sorry for any pain.

Kenny says Georges spiralling drug use led to clashes, with George hitting back over his lovers boozing.

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Kenny was one of thirty guests at the funeral[/caption]

Kenny said: When I confronted him, he never denied it, never apologised. He was hard on me about drinking, because I developed a problem.

However, Kenny continued to support his ex, accompanying George on a court appearance in 2010 and visiting him in an Austrian hospital when he contracted pneumonia in 2011.

The singer wrote Where I Hope You Are about his former lover, with lyrics that said: For so long theres been no-one else I care about. That my heart could really be so wrong again, well it wears me out. I had a picture in my soul, some place warm we could hang out when were old. Now its just where I hope you are.

What happened in the weeks leading up to George Michaels death?

George went through some of the darkest times of his life in the years following their split, culminating in a lengthy stint in the worlds most expensive rehab clinic in Switzerland last year.

The former Wham! star had been dating Australian-born celebrity hair stylist Fadi Fawaz, who he met soon after the breakdown of him and Kennys relationship.

However, friends of Kenny and George told The Sun how the pair had rekindled their friendship, sparking hopes of a romantic reunion.

A close friend revealed: George and Kenny are back spending time together again and its an exciting time for those of us who have been so worried over the last few years.

Pals believe Georges long-awaited music comeback would have been more likely if his relationship with Kenny had come to fruition.

Fight for humanity

Kenny spoke out to raise the profile of the pairs charitable Goss-Michael Foundation. He has not been paid for this interview, but The Sun on Sunday has made a donation to the foundation (g-mf.org).

The foundation was set up by the pair in 2007 and supports causes including hunger relief and HIV prevention.
It plans to raise awareness of mental health issues and back those with addiction problems. UK charities and projects will also be supported.

Its annual MTV RE:DEFINE event has raised more than ?9.25million for HIV and Aids prevention.

Money also goes towards Project Angel Food, which feeds the sick, and Advocacy Right which backs domestic violence victims and funds shelters.

For more information and to donate click here.

Did Kenny Goss attend George Michael’s funeral?

Three months after his death on Christmas Day, legendary singer George Michael was finally laid to rest in North London, and Kenny was among the small number of guests.

A service, attend by family and close friends, was held in the tiny, 30-seat chapel at Highgate West Cemetery, and took place amid tight security.

Family in attendance included Georges 80-year-old feather Kyriacos and sisters Melanie and Panayiota.

Among the other guests were former bandmates Andrew Ridgeley, Helen Pepsi DeMacque and Shirlie Holliman, as well as Spandau Ballet star Martin Kemp.

The charity hosts art exhibitions and fundraisers and channels cash to a range of good caus
News Group Newspapers Ltd

Also in attendance was Fadi Fawaz, the singers boyfriend, who had been expected to be excluded from proceedings.

Mourners were able to walk up to the closed coffin and Kenny said: I didnt cry. I just thought, Thats him in there.

“I pictured him being younger aged 33 in an amazing suit with his Cartier watch on. I touched the coffin. It was reassuring to know he was resting in peace.

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57. Brazil vs Costa Rica live streaming FREE: How to watch 2018 World Cup match without having to pay., 21 [−]

BRAZIL were unable to find a winner against Switzerland on Sunday, leaving them with a big test to progress, let alone top the group.

They take on Costa Rica, who were beaten by Serbia and will be heavy underdogs to get even a point against the South Americans.

Philippe Coutinho scored but it wasn't enough to guide Brazil to an opening game win
Philippe Coutinho scored but it wasn’t enough to guide Brazil to an opening game win
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Can I live stream Brazil vs Costa Rica and what TV channel is it on?

Brazil vs Costa Rica will be live on RT? 2.

You can also live stream the match on the RT? Player.

TV coverage in Russia will be shared between Perviy Kanal, VGTRK and Match TV.

Neymar is yet to score at this World Cup after Brazil drew with Switzerland in their opening game
EPA

Brazilians can watch the match on Globo, SporTV or Fox Sports.

Meanwhile, Teletica, Sky and Movistar are sharing television coverage in Costa Rica.

When is Brazil vs Costa Rica?

Brazil vs Costa Rica will take place on Friday, June 22.
The match will kick-off at 1pm UK time.

In Brazill that is 9am, while it is 6am in Costa Rica.

It will take place at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg.

What is the team news?

NEYMAR has recovered from a foot injury and will start against Costa Rica on Friday in an unchanged Brazil side.

Costa Rica havent lost back to back World Cup games since June 2006
Costa Rica havent lost back to back World Cup games since June 2006
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The worlds most expensive footballer limped out of training on Tuesday and was a doubt ahead of the Group E clash.

Head coach Tite confirmed in a press conference on Thursday that Neymar would be on the field in Saint Petersburg.

He said: Yes, yes. Its not a sacrifice. Its an evolutionary process, you just speed up the steps. Yes, he would be playing. Its not a sacrifice.

We want to win, its a World Cup, but the coach is not going to risk a players health by being dishonest to him. Thats a price thats too high to pay.

Those values of health and honesty, no way, theres no compromise.


58. World Cup 2018: Tournaments youngest player Daniel Arzani likened to Sergio Aguero and Alexis Sanchez after brilliant cameo for Australia against Denmark., 21 [−]

THE World Cup’s youngest player has been hailed by social media as the Arza to their prayers – after a mesmerising cameo for Australia against Denmark.

Daniel Arzani, 19, drew comparisons with Sergio Aguero and Alexis Sanchez after helping the Socceroos to their first point in Group C.

Daniel Arzani did enough in 22 minutes against Denmark to convince many on social media he can become one of the best players in the world
Daniel Arzani did enough in 22 minutes against Denmark to convince many on social media he can become one of the best players in the world
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One fan even labelled the ?22million-rated attacker a “new miracle worker”.

Melbourne City star Arzani wowed Twitter and tormented the Danes as a 22-minute substitute in the 1-1 draw.

Aussies in the crowd of 40,727 at the Samara Arena roared every time he was on the ball.

And the clamour on social media afterwards was just as resounding, as armchair critics demanded he should start the final game against Peru.

Teenager Daniel Arzani got stuck into the Danes as Australia claimed their first group point
Daniel Arzani got stuck into the Danes as Australia won their first group point
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One Aussie supporter tweeted: “Folks, we’ve got a new miracle worker and his name is Daniel Arzani.”

Another was prepared to go further – by naming names.

He said: “Sounds like a big call but I see shades of Sergio Aguero/Alexis Sanchez with Arzani.

“Silky, stocky, with a good low centre of gravity.

Melbourne City starlet Daniel Arzani was compared to Premier League strike stars Sergio Aguero and Alexis Sanchez
Melbourne City starlet Daniel Arzani was compared to Premier League strike stars Sergio Aguero and Alexis Sanchez
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“Long way to go yet in his career but he just has that spark.”

One fan called Arzani a “boy bloody wonder” while another claimed the teenager’s displays in Russia will earn him a swift move away from Australia’s A-League.

Arzani certainly made an instant impact in Australia’s top-flight last season.

He provided both assists in a 2-1 comeback victory over Wellington Phoenix in January this year.


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And the first of his two A-League goals came the same month against Newcastle Jets.

And Aussie commentators went wild for his brief but brilliant contribution against Denmark

News.com.au reported A-League commentator Brenton speed as suggesting Arzani would soon fetch around ?22m and become one of the world’s top ten player by the next World Cup.

Tim Cahill congratulates Daniel Arzani after his dynamic display as substitute
Tim Cahill congratulates Daniel Arzani after his dynamic display as substitute
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59. What time is The Murder Of Rhys Jones: Police Tapes on ITV tonight, who is presenting and what are the recordings?., 21 [−]

EVERTON fan Rhys Jones’ story is set to be retold in ITV1’s The Murder of Rhys Jones: Police Tapes.

But who was the 11-year-old? What happened to him in Liverpool’s Croxteth in 2007? When does the new programme broadcast?

Susanna Reid, Rhys Jones parents
Susanna Reid meets Rhys Jones’ parents
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What is ITV’s The Murder of Rhys Jones: Police Tapes?

Journalist Susanna Reid looks into the investigation behind the schooboy’s murder.

The son of parents Stephen, from Liverpool, and Melanie Jones, from Wrexham, he was tragically killed just one month before his twelfth birthday.

The young boy’s killing was the subject of four-part ITV drama Little Boy Blue last year.

Good Morning Britain presenter Susanna will take a look at the police officers who worked on the case, meets his parents and is able to watch and listen to covert police recordings of the gang members involved which helped get them convicted.

Rhys Jones was an 11-year-old schoolboy killed in a gangland shooting
Rhys Jones was an 11-year-old schoolboy killed in a gangland shooting
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When is The Murder of Rhys Jones: Police Tapes on?

The programme is set to air tonight (Thursday 21 June 2018).

It will air on ITV1 at 9pm and is up against EastEnders on BBC One, Humans on Channel 4 and The Double Life of George Michael on Channel 5.

The documentary will last one hour.

Who was Rhys Jones?

Rhys had just left Broad Square Primary School on the citys Norris Green housing estate and was due to start at Fazakerley High School in September 2007.

People who knew him, such as his teachers and neighbours, said he was a friendly and popular boy.

He was also a massive football fan, supporting Everton FC, where he, his brother and his dad had season tickets.

Everton fan Rhys' coffin is carried into the church for his funeral in 2007
Everton fan Rhys’ coffin is carried into the church for his funeral in 2007
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What happened to Rhys?

Rhys was senselessly killed as he walked across a pub car park in Liverpool on August 22, 2007.

The sports-mad youngster was heading home alone after football practice at 7.30pm in broad daylight when a hooded youth cycled by and fired three shots from a handgun.

One struck Rhys in the back and his distraught mum rushed to the scene when she heard what had happened.

Paramedics tried for over an hour-and-a-half to save Rhys, but he was later pronounced dead at Alder Hey Childrens Hospital.

After months of investigations and arrests, 18-year-old Sean Mercer a member of the Croxteth Crew gang was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment, serving a minimum of 22 years.

Fellow gang members, including James Yates, Nathan Quinn, Melvin Coy, Dean Kelly and Gary Kays were also convicted of assisting an offender.

As Rhys lay dying Yates helped Mercer dispose of his bike, clothes and the gun he had provided him with just before the shooting.

Sean Mercer was jailed for a minimum of 22 years for the murder of Rhys
Sean Mercer was jailed for a minimum of 22 years for the murder of Rhys
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When was Rhys killed and why?

Mercers Crocky Crew were involved in a tit-for-tat turf war with the Strand Gang, aka the Nogga Dogz, from the neighbouring Norris Green estate.

There had been more than 20 reports of shots from cars or bikes between 2004 and 2007.

On August 22, 2007, Mercer was told three members of the rival gang had been seen on Crocky Crew territory.

Mercer raced to the location on his BMX, armed with the Smith & Wesson .455 revolver from the First World War.

He fired three shots. The second of which hit Rhys in the back.

None of his intended targets were hit.

Who is James Yates and is he going to be released from prison?

Known to his friends as “Yatesy”, James Yates, now 30, was a member of the Croxeth Crew gang.

He gave killer Sean Mercer the Smith and Wesson gun with which he shot Rhys.

As Rhys lay dying, Yates helped Mercer dispose of his bike, clothes and the gun he had provided him with mere minutes before the shooting.

He was given a 12-year sentence but won parole early after convincing officials that he is no longer a threat to society.

The decision dashes Rhyss familys hopes that the 30-year-old serial offender would have to serve his full sentence and not be allowed out until 2020.
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60. Ellie Chessells Portuguese ex-boyfriend jailed for 12 years for ordering acid attack on British travel rep that left her scarred for life., 21 [−]

A VILE ex-boyfriend has been caged for 12 years after being found guilty of carrying out a horrific acid attack on his British ex-girlfriend.

Travel rep Ellie Chessell, 29, from Newport, Isle of Wight, was scarred for life when a hit-man hired by her ex-partner hurled acid on her after luring her on a fake Tinder date.

Gouveia, 35, from Madeira was in a relationship with Ellie, 29, from Newport, Isle of Wight, for nearly two years
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Gouveia, 35, was convicted of attempted murder at a court in Portimao, Algarve, yesterday and was today sentenced to jail.

He was also found guilty of domestic assault of Ms Chessell, who was not present at today’s hearing.

Gouveia was sentenced to ten years and six months for attempted murder and three years for domestic violence, but was told his total sentence would be 12 years.

The hitman pal who allegedly attacked Ms Chessell on Gouveia’s orders – Edmundo Helder Rodrigues Fonseca – is being tried separately and his stop-start trial will not finish till next month.

The jobless waiter was found guilty of attempting to murder his ex
The jobless waiter was found guilty of attempting to murder his ex
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Madeira-born Gouveia, who denied all charges from day one, was not present in court.

He has also been banned from having any contact with Ms Chessell for five years.

He was also ordered to pay compensation to Ms Chessell and the three hospitals that have treated her for her injuries.

The prison sentence is far less than the 25 years state prosecutors were seeking.

He was extradited to Portugal to face trial earlier this year
He was extradited to Portugal to face trial earlier this year
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Ms Chessell gave evidence on day one of Gouveia’s trial earlier this month, and also identified Rodrigues Fonseca in court as the man who doused her in acid.

Prosecutors claimed in an indictment ahead of Gouveia’s trial he masterminded the acid attack after Ms Chessell left him for assaulting her and he discovered she had moved to the Algarve.

They said Gouveia and Rodrigues Fonseca scouted out the area before luring her to a spot near the four-star hotel where she was working, by posing as a wealthy businessman called Diogo and setting up a dinner date on a fake Tinder account.

Ms Chessell, pictured during the trial last month, was attacked near the Algarve hotel where she worked
Ms Chessell, pictured during the trial last month, was attacked near the Algarve hotel where she worked
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The sickening attack happened after Ms Chessell and her family had approached police in both the UK and Portugal to tell them her ex-boyfriend was threatening to track her down and kill her.

One of the messages she received, dated April 3, 2016, was titled “I Will Find You” and read: “I’m going to find you and I will take your head off. You are a slut and you are going to die.”

Gouveia was arrested shortly after the attack but Rodrigues Fonseca was only located by the Portuguese authorities last November after it emerged he was in prison in Uganda in east Africa following his arrest with six kilos of heroin.

He was extradited to Portugal to face trial earlier this year.

Prosecutor Carla Neto said in a closing speech on the last day of Gouveia’s attempted murder trial that there could be no doubt about his guilt, and demanded a maximum 25-year sentence under Portuguese law.


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61. I had an amazing threesome with two gorgeous twins but I feel uncomfortable and wondering if its incest., 21 [−]

DEAR DEIDRE: I HAD an amazing threesome with gorgeous twins, but its left me feeling uncomfortable.

Im a 24-year-old guy. I was on a night out with my mates and we ended up in a club after starting off on a pub crawl.

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Wed all been drinking heavily and I got separated from them, which I was not happy about.

I then knocked a drink out of the hand of a girl near the bar. She was about 20 and very attractive.

We got talking and she then introduced me to another girl.

She was stunning, even better than the first girl.

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If theyre sisters, Im worried whether what we did was incestuous
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We were very drunk and I went back to their place after the bar[/caption]

The three of us carried on drinking and, at the end of the night, they invited me to back to their flat.

Id given up any idea of trying to find my mates and agreed. We were laughing and joking, and flirting heavily too.

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The second girl asked me if I had ever had a threesome. I was a bit taken aback but just laughed it off, assuming she was joking.

When we got back to their flat they opened a bottle and some cans. Before long they suggested we all get together and clearly meant it.

Of course I was up for it and we proceeded to have amazing and very unforgettable sex.

I did notice that neither of the girls touched one another or even kissed, which I thought was a bit strange.

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I ended up staying the night but left first thing after we had swapped numbers.

A couple of days later, I contacted one of the girls to ask about a repeat performance but she said they werent up for it.

I said something like, Im sorry, because I thought you and your friend liked me.

She stunned me by saying, Shes not my friend, shes my twin.

If theyre sisters, Im worried whether what we did was incestuous. Its really bothering me. That would be a step too far.

DEIDRE SAYS: They didnt do anything sexual with one another, so nothing incestuous happened.

Still, casual sex with people you hardly know always brings risks, not only to sexual health but emotionally. You didnt know anything about those girls or the set-up in that house.

Did you use protection? Its a question that doesnt seem to matter when you are drunk but drunk or sober the risks are the same.

If the answer is no then get yourself checked out for STIs and keep your fingers crossed that those girls were better prepared.

Get to know women properly before getting more deeply involved sexually in future.
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62. Royal Ascot tips: Templegates betting preview for all of ITVs races at Ascot this Friday., 21 [−]

ROYAL ASCOT DAY FOUR

2.30

THERES a Wonderful bet in the Albany Stakes.

Aidan OBrien has a strong hand in this juvenile contest and his JUST WONDERFUL looks the one to be on.

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He made a winning debut at the Curragh last month in a race thats worked out really well. OBriens youngster nearly always improve a good bit for their first run and this well-bred filly should take some beating.

OBrien also runs Fairyland. She struck on her debut before having little trouble seeing off stablemate Van Beethoven in a Listed contest. She isnt far behind Just Wonderful.

Main Edition is another unbeaten after two starts. The competition might not have been too strong but there was no doubting her potential.

She won both her races by wide margins and, although you can pick holes in the form, it would be a brave punter to say shes not up to this level.

Im not a big fan of going in too heavy when there are so many unknowns in the race.

No More Regrets, Response Exacte and Byron Bay all make the trip from France and Merry Go Round throws his hat into the ring to represent Germany.

Chuck in American trainer Wesley Wards Stillwater Cove and there just too many undecipherable form lines.

Of what we do know Just Wonderful has a fine chance and well just have to take our medicine if she bumps into a superstar racing on these shores for the first time.

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3.05

JOIN the Persian empire in the King Edward VII Stakes.

OLD PERSIAN takes a step up in grade having won a three-runner Listed race at Newmarket last month. That form wouldnt be good enough to entitle him to win this prize but there are reasons to think he can improve a fair bit on it.

The step up to 1m4f for the first time is key as his second behind Godolphin stablemate Key Victory on his previous start when Highbrow was back in third showed.

Highbrow wasnt particularly suited by the way that race run and he was conceding race fitness to his main rivals.

His Goodwood third last month came in another slowly-run race and Im sure we havent seen the best of David Simcocks ace.